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Dictionary Definition

tale

Noun

1 a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children" [syn: narrative, narration, story]
2 a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?" [syn: fib, story, tarradiddle, taradiddle]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

/ˈteɪl/

Etymology

Old English talu

Homophones

Noun

  1. a type of story.
    the Canterbury Tales

Translations

type of story

Afrikaans

Noun

tale
  1. Plural of taal

Danish

Noun

tale: en tale, talen

Verb

at tale: tal, at tale, jeg taler, jeg talte, jeg har talt
  1. To make a speech
  2. speak, talk

Ido

Adverb

tale

Italian

Etymology

Latin talis

Adjective

tale

Kurdish

Noun

tale

Limburgish

Noun

tale

Norwegian

Derived terms

Verb

  1. To make a speech
  2. Speak, talk

Derived terms

Romanian

Pronunciation

Pronoun

tale
  1. fiicele tale îmi spuneau despre casa voastră nouă
    your daughters were telling me about your new house.

Extensive Definition

Tale may refer to:
  • Cautionary tale, a traditional story told in folklore, to warn its hearer of a danger
  • Fairy tale, a fictional story that usually features folkloric characters (such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches, giants, and talking animals) and enchantments
  • Folk tale, a story passed-down within a particular population, which comprises the traditions of that culture or group.
  • Fable, a brief story, which illustrates a moral lesson and which features animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphised
  • Frame tale, whereby the main story is composed, at least in part, for the purpose of organizing a set of shorter stories.
  • Urban Legend, a modern folk tale consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them
  • Old wives' tale, a wisdom much like an urban legend, supposedly passed down by old wives to a younger generation
  • Tall tale, a story that claims to explain the reason for some natural phenomenon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

account, aggregate, all, amount, anecdotage, anecdote, back-fence gossip, backbiting, backstabbing, be-all and end-all, belittlement, blague, box score, calumny, canard, cast, chitchat, chronicle, cock-and-bull story, count, defamation, depreciation, difference, disparagement, entirety, enumerate, epic, epos, exaggeration, fabrication, fairy tale, falsehood, falsification, falsity, farfetched story, farrago, fib, fiction, fish story, flam, flimflam, ghost story, gossip, gossiping, gossipmongering, gossipry, groundless rumor, half-truth, history, idle talk, legal fiction, libel, lie, little white lie, mendacity, misrepresentation, myth, narration, narrative, newsmongering, number, numerate, piece of gossip, pious fiction, prevarication, product, quantity, recital, reckoning, record, report, rumor, saga, scandal, score, scuttlebutt, slander, slight stretching, story, sum, sum total, summation, talebearing, taletelling, talk, tall story, tall tale, tally, taradiddle, tattle, tell, the bottom line, the story, the whole story, tittle-tattle, total, totality, tote, trumped-up story, untruth, white lie, whole, x number, yam, yarn
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