- The definition of a parable is a simple story with a moral or a story told to teach a lesson.
An example of a parable is the story about the boy who cried wolf, which is used to teach kids not to lie.
Origin of parableMiddle English ; from Middle French parabole ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin parabola, an allegorical relation, parable ; from Classical Latin comparison ; from Classical Greek parabolē, an analogy (; from paraballein, to throw beside: see para- and amp; ball), in New Testament and amp; Septuagint parable: translated, translation of Classical Hebrew (language) mashal, comparison
Origin of parableMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parabola, from Greek parabolē, from paraballein, to compare : para-, beside; see para–1 + ballein, to throw; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present parables, present participle parabling, simple past and past participle parabled)
- To represent by parable.
- Which by the ancient sages was thus parabled. — Milton.
(comparative more parable, superlative most parable)
- (obsolete) That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.
From Latin parābilis, from parāre (“to prepare, procure”).