Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Barely credible; astonishing: the fabulous endurance of a marathon runner.
  • adj. Extremely pleasing or successful: a fabulous vacation.
  • adj. Of the nature of a fable or myth; legendary.
  • adj. Told of or celebrated in fables or legends.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to fable, myth or legend.
  • adj. characteristic of fables; marvelous, extraordinary, incredible, unbelievable, absurd, extreme, or exaggerated.
  • adj. fictional or not believable; made up.
  • adj. known for telling fables or falsehoods; unreliable.
  • adj. very good; outstanding, wonderful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feigned, as a story or fable; related in fable; devised; invented; not real; fictitious
  • adj. beyond belief; exceedingly great.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Feigned or invented, as a story; fictitious; not true or real: as, a fabulous description or hero; the fabulous exploits of Hercules.
  • Exceeding the bounds of probability or reason; not to be received as truth; incredible; hence, enormous; immense; amazing: as, a fabulous price; fabulous magnificence.
  • Fabling; addicted to telling fables.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. barely credible
  • adj. extremely pleasing
  • adj. based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity

Etymologies

Middle English, mythical, from Old French fabuleux, from Latin fābulōsus, from fābula, fable; see fable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fabuleux or Latin fabulosus, "celebrated in fable". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As a matter of fact, Beverly Hills Fabulous is so fabulous that it makes the word fabulous not fabulous enough.

    Abe Gurko: Beverly Hills Fabulous Is Beyond Fabulous

  • Jason Shultz has witnessed what he calls a fabulous presentation 9MB MP3on the band's legal run-in with Sony over the composition rights to the Beatles songs they parodied and how Lars Ulrich redeemed himself from the dark days of fighting Napster by defending the band's fair use.

    B2fxxx

  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who represents the area in which the crash occurred, on Thursday noted that Octavia, which he called a "fabulous boulevard," could be challenging for drivers, especially those unfamiliar with the city.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • I believe in the democratic process and both sides should be able to debate, but acting "ghetto-fabulous" is not a way to get anything done.

    Obama goes to health-care battlefront with N.H. town hall

  • Whittemore's work is just plain fabulous, in more ways than one, and I think both of these books have an innate appeal that's born of their strangeness.

    MIND MELD: Non-Genre Books for Genre Readers

  • We both had the lamb platter with lemon fries, again fabulous and plentiful.

    NJ Dining: A Taste of Greece 2.0 (UPDATED)

  • SciFi Wire is confirming that the once thought lost Star Trek Experience in fabulous Las Vegas will be reopening to coincide with the opening of the new Star Trek film.

    2009 February

  • At Cheltenham literature festival last week, a fine crowd turned out at the delightful Frank Matcham-designed Everyman theatre to hear Bettany Hughes, Stella Duffy and Lucy Hughes-Hallett debate which heroine of the classical world was the most powerful, influential and just plain fabulous: Helen of Troy, Theodora or Cleopatra?

    Stella Duffy rides Theodora to victory at Cheltenham

  • WITH LOVE soundtrack (Fontana, 1967, vinyl of course) All very bouncy with Lulu in fabulous form, plus The Mindbenders.

    Tweets I have known

  • The proof of this is displayed throughout the book in fabulous renderings that called to mind the work of Syd Mead.

    2010 May : Scrubbles.net

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  • The word fabulist still has some zing.

    October 31, 2009

  • I sometimes use it that way, and not out of wilfulness. I guess I read too much old literature... The old meaning definitely has more value though.

    October 28, 2009

  • very sad that this word can no longer be used to mean "of or relating to fables"

    October 28, 2009