Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: fábula, fábúla, fabulá, and fabuła





  1. third-person singular past historic of fabuler



From Proto-Italic *fāðlā, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (speak) + *-dʰleh₂.



fābula f (genitive fābulae); first declension

  1. discourse, narrative
  2. a fable, tale, story
  3. a poem, play
  4. concern, matter
  5. romance
  6. vocative singular of fābula

fābulā f

  1. ablative singular of fābula


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative fābula fābulae
genitive fābulae fābulārum
dative fābulae fābulīs
accusative fābulam fābulās
ablative fābulā fābulīs
vocative fābula fābulae

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]



  • fabula in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fabula in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “fabula”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • fabula” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be the talk of the town, a scandal: fabulam fieri
    • mythology: fabulae, historia fabularis
    • to pass from myth to history: ut a fabulis ad facta veniamus
    • a writer of fables: scriptor fabularum
    • the piece; the play: fabula, ludus scaenicus
    • to study a piece, of the actor); to get a piece played, rehearse it: fabulam docere (διδάσκειν) (of the writer) (opp. fabulam discere
    • to act a play (said of the actors): fabulam agere
    • to bring out a play, put it on the stage (used of the man who finds the money): fabulam edere
    • to produce a play (of the writer): fabulam dare
    • to hiss a play: fabulam exigere (Ter. Andr. Pol.)
    • a piece is a failure, falls flat: fabula cadit
    • the Antigone: tragoedia or fabula Antigona (not Antigona trag. or fab.)
    • a narrative, tale, story: narratio, fabula
    • this fable teaches us (without nos): haec fabula docet
  • fabula in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • fabula in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of fabular.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of fabular.
  3. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of fabular.