ˈfablɪəʊ, 0fɑbljo/ noun. Pl. -aux /-əʊz, -o/.
ORIGIN: French from Old French (Picard) fablia(u)x pl. of fablel dim. of fable. Burlesque, bawdy and satirical verse tales primarily written by jongleurs in northeast France between ca. 1150 and 1400. They are generally characterized by crude humour, anti-clericalism and anti-authoritarianism.