fabulous

If something is so great you can hardly believe it, it is fabulous. You can have a fabulous first date or you can make a fabulous dinner.

These days, fabulous things are mainly wonderful things, but there's another meaning related to fable: some fabulous things can't — or at least shouldn't — be believed. If you friend claims to be a personal friend of the entire Chicago Bulls, but has never been to Chicago, that's a fabulous story that's probably not true. Also, any story involving a unicorn or wizard is fabulous in a literal sense. A great fantasy story would be fabulous in every way.

Primary Meanings of fabulous

1.
adj
extremely pleasing
2.
adj
based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity
Full Definitions of fabulous
1

adj extremely pleasing

“a fabulous vacation”
Synonyms:
fab
pleasing
giving pleasure and satisfaction
2

adj based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity

“the fabulous unicorn”
Synonyms:
mythic, mythical, mythologic, mythological
unreal
lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria

adj barely credible

“the fabulous endurance of a marathon runner”
Synonyms:
incredible, unbelievable
beyond belief or understanding

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