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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- something told or related; relation or recital of happenings
- a story or account of true, legendary, or fictitious events; narrative
- a literary composition in narrative form
- a piece of gossip
- a falsehood; lie
- Archaic a tally; count
- Obsolete the act of telling
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
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- A recital of events or happenings; a report or revelation: told us a long tale of woe.
- A malicious story, piece of gossip, or petty complaint.
- A deliberate lie; a falsehood.
- A narrative of real or imaginary events; a story.
- Archaic A tally or reckoning; a total.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English talu; see del-2 in Indo-European roots.