What does Fabian mean?

Definitions for Fabian
ˈfeɪ bi ənfabi·an

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Fabian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Fabianadjective

    a member of the Fabian Society in Britain

  2. Fabianadjective

    of or relating to Fabianism

    "the Fabian society"

  3. fabianadjective

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

    "a fabian policy"


  1. Fabiannoun

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

  2. Fabianadjective

    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. Fabianadjective

    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. Fabianadjective

    cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.

  5. Fabiannoun

    borne by an early pope. Rare in English.

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


  1. fabian

    Fabian generally refers to a member or supporter of the Fabian Society, a British socialist society originated in the late 19th century advocating for the transformation of society through gradual, democratic means. It can also refer to strategies or approaches that are cautious, slow, and indirect, drawing from the Roman General Fabius Maximus' tactics of avoiding direct confrontation in warfare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fabianadjective

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

  2. Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fabian

    Delaying; dilatory; avoiding battle, in imitation of Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, a Roman general who conducted military operations against Hannibal, by declining to risk a battle in the open field, but harassing the enemy by marches, countermarches, and ambuscades.

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    Song lyrics by fabian -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by fabian on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fabian is ranked #2738 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fabian surname appeared 13,161 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Fabian.

    48% or 6,329 total occurrences were White.
    44.9% or 5,915 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4% or 530 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.8% or 247 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 115 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.1% or 24 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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

Examples of Fabian in a Sentence

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

    Fabian is too much a political operator, not so much passion about specific things he stands for.

  2. Esteban Nunez:

    There's criticism out there. I think it's just because of our (Fabian Nunez) working relationship and all that. It maybe was kind of saying, 'That's why he did it.' Well, hello! I mean, of course you help a friend.

  3. Fabian Delph:

    I am disappointed, Gareth Southgate side has been a great tournament for us personally and on a group level and we can go home proud of ourselves but I think we will kick ourselves in those quiet moments, fabian Delph think we had a great chance to reach the final and we came up short.

  4. Gareth Southgate:

    Fabian Delph think we had a great chance to reach the final and we came up short, not just in the near future, I think for the rest of our lives we will be kicking ourselves thinking we had a real opportunity there.

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    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    • A. secession
    • B. serendipity
    • C. contempt
    • D. wavering

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