fabliau

noun
fab·​li·​au | \ ˈfa-blē-ˌō How to pronounce fabliau (audio) \
plural fabliaux\ ˈfa-​blē-​ˌō(z) How to pronounce fabliaux (audio) \

Definition of fabliau

: a short, usually comic, frankly coarse, and often cynical tale in verse popular especially in the 12th and 13th centuries

First Known Use of fabliau

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fabliau

borrowed from French, from Picard form of Old French fablel, fableau, diminutive of fable fable entry 1

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