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Definition of fabulous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fabulous

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈfæbjələs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæbjələs//
     
     
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  1. 1(informal) extremely good a fabulous performance Jana is a fabulous cook. The food looks fabulous. Synonymsgreatcool fantastic fabulous terrific brilliant awesome epicThese are all informal words that describe somebody/​something that is very good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.great (informal) very good; giving a lot of pleasure:We had a great time in Madrid.cool (informal) used to show that you admire or approve of something, often because it is fashionable, attractive or different:I think their new song’s really cool.fantastic (informal) extremely good; giving a lot of pleasure:‘How was your holiday?’ ‘Fantastic!’fabulous (informal) extremely good:Jane’s a fabulous cook. (Fabulous is slightly more old-fashioned than the other words in this set.)terrific (informal) extremely good; wonderful:She’s doing a terrific job.brilliant (British English, informal), extremely good; wonderful:‘How was the show?’ ‘Brilliant!’awesome (informal, especially North American English) very good, impressive, or enjoyable:The show was just awesome.epic (informal) very good, impressive or enjoyable:The adventure and action are truly epic in scope.Patterns to have a(n) great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome time to look/​sound great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome really great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome absolutely great/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome/​epic
  2. 2(formal) very great fabulous wealth/riches/beauty
  3. 3[only before noun] (literary) appearing in fables fabulous beasts
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘known through fable’): from French fabuleux or Latin fabulosus ‘celebrated in fable’, from fabula ‘story’, from fari ‘speak’.Extra examples I want an outfit that’ll make me look fabulous. Jane’s a fabulous cook. They put on a fabulous performance.
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