The definition of a tale is a story, either real or fiction, that is told.(noun)
An example of a tale is one of Aesop’s Fables.
Tale means a lie.(noun)
An example of a tale is a child’s excuse about their missing homework.
See tale in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OE talu, speech, number, akin to Ger zahl, number, Du taal, speech < IE base *del-, to aim, reckon, trick > Gr dolos, L dolus, guile, artifice
See tale in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English talu; see del-2 in Indo-European roots.
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