Simple Definition of tale
: a story about imaginary events : an exciting or dramatic story
: a story about someone's actual experiences
: an exciting story that may not be completely true
Full Definition of tale
2a : a series of events or facts told or presented : accountb (1) : a report of a private or confidential matter <dead men tell no tales> (2) : a libelous report or piece of gossip
Examples of tale
The movie is a stirring tale of courage.
We listened to his familiar tale of woe as he talked again about the failure of his marriage.
He told us thrilling tales about his adventures as a pilot in the war.
Are you telling tales again? Or is that the truth?
Origin of tale
Middle English, from Old English talu; akin to Old Norse tala talk
First Known Use: before 12th century
Rhymes with tale
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