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fab·u·lous

 (făb′yə-ləs)
adj.
1. Extremely pleasing or successful: a fabulous vacation.
2. Barely credible; astonishing: the fabulous endurance of a marathon runner.
3.
a. Of the nature of a fable or myth; legendary.
b. Told of or celebrated in fables or legends.

[Middle English, mythical, from Old French fabuleux, from Latin fābulōsus, from fābula, fable; see fable.]

fab′u·lous·ly adv.
fab′u·lous·ness n.
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fabulous

(ˈfæbjʊləs)
adj
1. almost unbelievable; astounding; legendary: fabulous wealth.
2. informal extremely good: a fabulous time at the party.
3. of, relating to, or based upon fable: a fabulous beast.
[C15: from Latin fābulōsus celebrated in fable, from fābula fable]
ˈfabulously adv
ˈfabulousness n
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fab•u•lous

(ˈfæb yə ləs)

adj.
1. almost impossible to believe; incredible.
2. exceptionally good or unusual; superb.
3. told about or known through fables or myths; purely imaginary.
[1540–50; < Latin fābulōsus, derivative of fābul(a) fable]
fab′u•lous•ly, adv.
fab′u•lous•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fabulous - extremely pleasing; "a fabulous vacation"
pleasing - giving pleasure and satisfaction; "a pleasing piece of news"; "pleasing in manner and appearance"
2.fabulous - based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity; "mythical centaurs"; "the fabulous unicorn"
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"
3.fabulous - barely credible; "the fabulous endurance of a marathon runner"
incredible, unbelievable - beyond belief or understanding; "at incredible speed"; "the book's plot is simply incredible"
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fabulous

adjective
1. (Informal) wonderful, excellent, brilliant, superb, spectacular, fantastic (informal), marvellous, sensational (informal), first-rate, brill (informal), magic (informal), out-of-this-world (informal) The scenery and weather were fabulous.
wonderful real, common, natural, ordinary, genuine, credible, commonplace
2. astounding, amazing, extraordinary, remarkable, incredible, astonishing, legendary, immense, unbelievable, breathtaking, phenomenal, inconceivable You'll be entered in our free draw to win this fabulous prize.
3. legendary, imaginary, mythical, fictitious, made-up, fantastic, invented, unreal, mythological, apocryphal The chimaera of myth is a fabulous beast made up of the parts of other animals.
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fabulous

adjective
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Translations
báječnýbájnýfantastický
fabelagtigvidunderligfabel-
loistava
nevjerojatan
mesés
stórkostleguruppdiktaîur, goîsögulegur
すばらしい
굉장히 좋은
fabelachtiglegendarisch
bájny
häftig
เยี่ยม
inanılmazsadece efsanelerde yaşayanşahane
tuyệt vời

fabulous

[ˈfæbjʊləs] ADJ
1. (= incredible) → increíble; (= wonderful) → fabuloso, estupendo
2. (liter) (= mythical) [beast, monster] → fabuloso, de fábula
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fabulous

[ˈfæbjʊləs] adj
(= wonderful, fantastic) [food, holiday, prize] → formidable, sensationnel(le); [figure] → sensationnel(le)
The show was fabulous → Le spectacle était formidable.
to look fabulous → avoir l'air resplendissant
to feel fabulous → se sentir merveilleusement bien
(= extraordinary) [wealth] → fabuleux/euse; [success] → phénoménal(e)
(from fable) [beast] → fabuleux/euse
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

fabulous

adjsagenhaft (inf); (inf: = wonderful also) → toll (inf), → fabelhaft
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fabulous

[ˈfæbjʊləs] adj (mythical) → favoloso/a (fam) (wonderful) → meraviglioso/a, fantastico/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fable

(ˈfeibl) noun
1. a story (usually about animals) that teaches a lesson about human behaviour. Aesop's fables.
2. a legend or untrue story. fact or fable?
fabulous (ˈfӕbjuləs) adjective
1. wonderful. a fabulous idea.
2. existing (only) in a fable. The phoenix is a fabulous bird.
ˈfabulously adverb
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fabulous

مُدْهِش fantastický fabelagtig fabelhaft θαυμάσιος fabuloso loistava fabuleux nevjerojatan favoloso すばらしい 굉장히 좋은 legendarisch fantastisk bajeczny fabuloso сказочный häftig เยี่ยม inanılmaz tuyệt vời 奇异的
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References in classic literature ?
'I always thought they were fabulous monsters!' said the Unicorn.
Unless the Will should at last deliver itself, and Willing become non- Willing--:" but ye know, my brethren, this fabulous song of madness!
The fabulous wealth of the fabled city had been almost constantly in his mind since Waziri had recounted the strange adventures of the former expedition which had stumbled upon the vast ruins by chance.
Being a sensible man, he bowed to the public will and replaced the offending comedy by "As you like it"; and for many weeks he realized fabulous profits.
I could say nothing for a minute, though I felt, as I held his hand and our eyes continued to meet, that my silence had all the air of admitting his charge and that nothing in the whole world of reality was perhaps at that moment so fabulous as our actual relation.
As for the book-binder's whale winding like a vine-stalk round the stock of a descending anchor --as stamped and gilded on the backs and title-pages of many books both old and new --that is a very picturesque but purely fabulous creature, imitated, I take it, from the like figures on antique vases.
In addition to the dread that, having led up to so much mischief, it would be now more likely than ever to alienate Joe from me if he believed it, I had a further restraining dread that he would not believe it, but would assort it with the fabulous dogs and veal-cutlets as a monstrous invention.
A project of this kind is little less romantic than the monster-taming spirit which is attributed to the fabulous heroes and demi-gods of antiquity.
But the good old gentleman shook his head, and declared that here ended the history, real or fabulous, of GRANDFATHER'S CHAIR.
He told, as so many fabulous events, all the history of his perigrinations in Scotland, and his terrors when the enemy's party was so closely on his track, of nights spent in trees, and days spent in hunger and combats.
For which reason they compel all those who are very eminent for their power, their fortune, their friendships, or any other cause which may give them too great weight in the government, to submit to the ostracism, and leave the city for a stated time; as the fabulous histories relate the Argonauts served Hercules, for they refused to take him with them in the ship Argo on account of his superior valour.
Tarzan, reverted to the primitive by his accident, had no conception of the fabulous value of his find.