follow Dictionary.com

Get our exclusive Word of the Day images!

Rabelaisian

[rab-uh-ley-zee-uh n, -zhuh n] /ˌræb əˈleɪ zi ən, -ʒən/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or suggesting François Rabelais, whose work is characterized by broad, coarse humor and keen satire.
noun
2.
a person who admires or studies the works of Rabelais.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; Rabelais + -ian
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for Rabelaisian

Rabelaisian

/ˌræbəˈleɪzɪən; -ʒən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling the work of Rabelais, esp by broad, often bawdy humour and sharp satire
noun
2.
a student or admirer of Rabelais
Derived Forms
Rabelaisianism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Rabelaisian
adj.

1817, from French author François Rabelais (c.1490-1553), whose writings "are distinguished by exuberance of imagination and language combined with extravagance and coarseness of humor and satire." [OED]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Rabelaisian

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Rabelaisian

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rabelaisian