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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fab-lee-oh; French fa-blee-oh]
    • /ˈfæb liˌoʊ; French fa bliˈoʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fab-lee-oh; French fa-blee-oh]
    • /ˈfæb liˌoʊ; French fa bliˈoʊ/

Definitions of fabliau word

  • noun plural fabliau a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France. 1
  • noun fabliau A metrical tale, typically a bawdily humorous one, of a type found chiefly in early French poetry. 1
  • noun fabliau a comic, usually ribald, verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries 0
  • noun fabliau in medieval literature, esp. French and English literature, a short story in verse telling comic incidents of ordinary life, usually with earthy realism 0
  • noun fabliau The genre of short, farcical often coarse tales written in the North of France in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. 0

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Origin of fabliau

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
1795-1805; < French; Old North French form of Old French fablel, fableau, equivalent to fable fable + -el diminutive suffix; see -elle

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fabliau popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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