Definition of fabulous in English:

fabulous

Line breaks: fabu|lous
Pronunciation: /ˈfabjʊləs
 
/

adjective

1Extraordinary, especially extraordinarily large: fabulous riches
More example sentences
  • The scams offer fabulous riches or the love of your life, but first the magha has to send a series of escalating fees and payments.
  • All the fabulous items and riches so earnestly sought and viciously competed for over the years, will be gone.
  • While the workers and the middle class of the great cities perished in misery, Stinnes became the owner of fabulous riches.
Synonyms
tremendous, stupendous, prodigious, phenomenal; extraordinary, remarkable, exceptional; astounding, amazing, astonishing, fantastic, breathtaking, overwhelming, staggering, unthinkable, inconceivable, unimaginable, incredible, unbelievable, unheard of, unthought of, unspeakable, unutterable, untold, ineffable, implausible, improbable, unlikely, impossible, undreamed of, beyond one's wildest dreams, beyond the realm of reason
1.1 informal Very good; wonderful: a fabulous two-week holiday
More example sentences
  • There's some truly fabulous stuff in these wonderful emporiums.
  • The champagne flowed, the food was fabulous, the company wonderful.
  • I could pick any game, he's just been a fabulous influence and a wonderful player for his country.
Synonyms
excellent, marvellous, superb, very good, first-rate, first-class, wonderful, outstanding, exceptional, magnificent, splendid, superlative, matchless, peerless
British informal brill
Australian/New Zealand informal bonzer
British informal , dated spiffing, topping, top-hole, wizard
humorous super-duper
2Having no basis in reality; mythical: fabulous creatures
More example sentences
  • Reality is airbrushed and we're given promises of fabulous, mythical oases of futurity.
  • For thousands of years fabulous serpents and dragons have been the stuff of myth and traveller's tales.
  • It is said that from the dense forests nearby, wild beasts and fabulous birds like rocs harassed the Bagan people.
Synonyms
mythical, legendary, mythic, mythological, fabled, folkloric, fairy-tale, heroic, traditional; fictitious, imaginary, imagined, made up, unreal, hypothetical, fantastic, proverbial, apocryphal; allegorical, symbolic, symbolical

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'known through fable'): from French fabuleux or Latin fabulosus 'celebrated in fable', from fabula (see fable).

Derivatives

fabulosity

Pronunciation: /-ˈlɒsɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • But at the newspaper, where everybody is a class valedictorian or expects to be treated like one, the savvy thing for the new editor to do is to come in and proclaim the paper is fabulous and that we will lead it to greater fabulosity.
  • I never used to feel fabulous or truly at peace with myself… but you are one of the people who've helped me find that inner fabulosity within myself and let it come out.
  • The bald truth about these inventories, known to anyone who does achieve true fabulosity by age 30, is the only list worth adhering to is one of your own devising.

fabulously

adverb
[as submodifier]: a fabulously wealthy man
More example sentences
  • We don't like reading about where the sons and daughters of the fabulously wealthy spend their vacations.
  • Even today, a woman mounted side-saddle in a full skirt, tightly cut coat, white stock and hard riding hat looks fabulously elegant.
  • Riding on the momentum of a fabulously successful national tour, Gordey reflects on what it means to be counted among the best.

fabulousness

noun
More example sentences
  • Of course I'd gotten it online, a fabulous price at a fabulous place that required prepayment for all this fabulousness, and imposed a one-night penalty for a cancellation within 24 hours.
  • I own several scruffy-looking fleece tops that make me feel cheap and shabby whenever I wear them, so I was on the lookout for warm and slinky knitwear to help bring out my inner fabulousness.
  • I'd love to see New York from a native's eyes, just to take all that gigantic fabulousness for granted.

Definition of fabulous in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day nous
Pronunciation: naʊs
noun
common sense; practical intelligence