- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fabula, a story ; from fari, to speak: see fame
- fabler noun
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- 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fābula, from fārī, to speak; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
- faˈbler noun