Tales Definition

tālz, tālēz
A talesman.
American Heritage
People summoned to fill jury vacancies when the regular panel has become deficient in number, as by challenge.
Webster's New World
A group of talesmen.
American Heritage
The writ that summons them.
Webster's New World
The writ allowing for a summons of jurors.
American Heritage
  • counts
  • enumerations
  • reckonings
  • tallies
  • falsehoods
  • falsities
  • misrepresentations
  • prevarications
  • whoppers
  • untruths
  • lies
  • stories
  • fibs
  • fictions
  • exaggerations

Origin of Tales

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin tālēs dē circumstantibus such (persons) from those standing about (a phrase used in the writ) from Latin pl. of tālis such to- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin plural of talis (“such (persons)”)

    From Wiktionary

  • See tale

    From Wiktionary


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