What does fabian mean?

Definitions for fabianˈfeɪ bi ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fabian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Fabian(adj)

    a member of the Fabian Society in Britain

  2. Fabian(adj)

    of or relating to Fabianism

    "the Fabian society"

  3. fabian(adj)

    using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation

    "a fabian policy"


  1. Fabian(Noun)

    A Fabian socialist, a gradualist socialist; a member of the Fabian Society.

  2. Fabian(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or reminiscent of Roman general , whose tactics against Hannibal during the Second Punic War famously consisted of delaying or avoiding combat, focusing instead on weakening the enemy by cutting off supply lines.

  3. Fabian(Adjective)

    Advocating that social reforms be reached through a series of gradual and moderate stages rather than sudden revolution; specifically, relating to the Fabian Society, a British socialist society advocating reformist socialism.

  4. Fabian(Adjective)

    cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.

  5. Fabian(ProperNoun)

    borne by an early pope. Rare in English.

  6. Origin: From Fabianus, possibly derived from faba.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fabian(adj)

    of, pertaining to, or in the manner of, the Roman general, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus; cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest

  2. Origin: [L. Fabianus, Fabius, belonging to Fabius.]


  1. Fabian

    Fabiano Anthony Forte, better known as Fabian, is an American singer and actor. Fabian rose to national prominence after performing several times on American Bandstand. He became a teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Eleven of his songs reached the Billboard Hot 100 listing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fabian

    fā′bi-an, adj. delaying, avoiding battle, cautious, practising the policy of delay.—n. a member of a small group of Socialists in England, called by this name. [From Q. Fabius Maximus, surnamed Cunctator ('delayer'), from the masterly tactics with which he wore out the strength of Hannibal, whom he dared not meet in battle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fabian in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fabian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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