AskDefine | Define Fabian

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Fabian adj
1 of or relating to Fabianism; "the Fabian society"
2 using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation; "a fabian policy" [syn: dilatory] n : a member of the Fabian Society in Britain

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From the Latin Fabianus, belonging to Fabius, a Roman family name (borne by a general who won by avoiding decisive contests), possibly derived from faba "bean".


  1. Advocating that socialism be reached through a series of gradual and moderate reforms; believing in the slogan, The movement is everything, the goal is nothing; relating to the Fabian Society, a British socialist society advocating reformist socialism.


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

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Proper noun

  1. A given name borne by an early pope, rare in English.


male given name


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  1. A given name


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  1. A given name

Extensive Definition

Fabian is the English form of the late Roman name Fabianus. This was the name given to freed (emancipated) slaves which originally belonged to a Roman family with the family (gens=clan) name Fabius, that derived from the Latin faba for the broad bean, an important food crop in the Roman Empire. It entered the English language with the Normans, but has never achieved the popularity of Fabien in France and Fabio or Fabiano in Italy.
Fabian may refer to these persons:
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See also

Fabian in German: Fabian
Fabian in French: Fabian
Fabian in Italian: Fabio
Fabian in Polish: Fabian
Fabian in Swedish: Fabian

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