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 Daviesb : 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.
Recent Examples of fable from the Web
Just about everyone who has ever read a children's book knows the fable of the tortoise and the hare.
Beauty and the Beast or The Enormous Wound Teresa Barcelo of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is featured in this new musical fable; in English and Portuguese; part of DuoFest.
The museum is creating an art exhibit in October featuring life-size dioramas of famous witches in history and fable.
A fable about the collision of two Spanish worlds locked in a mutual misunderstanding, Selfie is perceptive and thought-provoking fare that fails to deliver fully on its striking premise.
Others have said characterized history differently: as the essence of innumerable biographies, as a picture of human crimes and misfortunes, as nothing but an agreed upon fable, as something that is bound to repeat itself.
The Ace Hotel (311 N. Morgan St.), the latest big thing to land in the Fulton Market District, will begin welcoming guests July 1, and that's when City Mouse, which takes its name from one of Aesop's fables, will debut.
Or consider the kind-hearted elves who appear in some of the fables collected by the Grimm brothers in the 1800s.
But what at first seems a whimsical story about the way lonely city people find each other soon becomes a modern fable about the anxieties of parenthood.
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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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