- The definition of a fable is a short story to teach a lesson, often with animals behaving as humans, or a story that is a lie.
- An example of a fable is the story of the tortoise and the hare.
- A lie about the big fish that got away is an example of a fable.
The story of the tortoise and the hare is a fable.
- a fictitious story meant to teach a moral lesson: the characters are usually talking animals
- a myth or legend
- a story that is not true; falsehood
- Archaic the plot of a literary work
Origin of fableMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fabula, a story ; from fari, to speak: see fame
- A usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.
- A story about legendary persons and exploits.
- A falsehood; a lie.
verbfa·bled, fa·bling, fa·bles
verb, intransitive Archaic
Origin of fableMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin fābula, from fārī, to speak; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A fictitious narrative intended to enforce some useful truth or precept, usually with animals, birds etc as characters; an apologue. Prototypically, Aesop's Fables.
- Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
- Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
- The plot, story, or connected series of events forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
(third-person singular simple present fables, present participle fabling, simple past and past participle fabled)