noun fa·ble \ˈfā-bəl\

: a short story that usually is about animals and that is intended to teach a lesson

: a story or statement that is not true

Full Definition of FABLE

:  a fictitious narrative or statement: as
a :  a legendary story of supernatural happenings
b :  a narration intended to enforce a useful truth; especially :  one in which animals speak and act like human beings
c :  falsehood, lie

Examples of FABLE

  1. a fable about busy ants
  2. The story that he won the battle single-handedly is a mere fable.
  3. He combines fact and fable to make a more interesting story.

Origin of FABLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fabula conversation, story, play, from fari to speak — more at ban
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FABLE


fa·bledfa·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of FABLE

intransitive verb
:  to tell fables
transitive verb
:  to talk or write about as if true
fa·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

First Known Use of FABLE

14th century
FABLING Defined for Kids


noun fa·ble \ˈfā-bəl\

Definition of FABLE for Kids

:  a story that is not true
:  a story in which animals speak and act like people and which is usually meant to teach a lesson


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