Definition of fable
: a fictitious narrative or statement: such asa : a legendary story of supernatural happenings <Minerva is in fables said, from Jove without a mother to proceed — Sir John Davies>b : a narration intended to enforce a useful truth; especially : one in which animals speak and act like human beings <The theme of the fable was the folly of human vanity.>c : falsehood, lie <The story that he won the battle single-handedly is a mere fable.>
Examples of fable in a sentence
a fable about busy ants
The story that he won the battle single-handedly is a mere fable.
He combines fact and fable to make a more interesting story.
Origin and Etymology 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
FABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fable for English Language Learners
: a short story that usually is about animals and that is intended to teach a lesson
: a story or statement that is not true
FABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of fable for Students
1 : a story that is not true
2 : a story in which animals speak and act like people and which is usually meant to teach a lesson
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