Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, late 16th century
A person who composes or relates fables.
A liar, especially a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.
Examples of Fabulist in a sentence
"Her fantastical debut novel earned her the reputation of a skilled fabulist."
"He seemed to be a born fabulist, which only got him in trouble when his fibs were discovered."
Popularity Over Time
Fabulist is certainly related to the more easily recognizable adjective fabulous. While fabulous is now used to describe anything fashionable and glamorous, the original meaning was meant for anything related to fable, myth, or legend. A fabulist might tell fabulous stories of dragons and mermaids.
Did you Know?
The original root of fabulist is the Latin “fābula,” meaning talk or account. But English speakers acquired this word from the French “fabuliste,” with the same definition. In either French or English, there’s surely a fabulous tale coming from the fabulist.