in medieval literature, esp. French and English literature, a short story in verse telling comic incidents of ordinary life, usually with earthy realism
Origin of fabliauFrench ; from OFr, dialect, dialectal form of fablel, diminutive of fable, fable
A medieval verse tale characterized by comic, ribald treatment of themes drawn from life.
Origin of fabliauFrench, from Old North French, from Old French fablel, diminutive of fable, fable; see fable.
Old French fabliau, diminutive of fable