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fable

play
noun fa·ble \ˈfā-bəl\

Definition of fable

  1. :  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 in a sentence

  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 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


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fable

verb fa·ble

Definition of fable

fabled

fabling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

archaic

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to tell fables

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to talk or write about as if true

fabler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

14th Century

First Known Use of fable

14th century


FABLE Defined for English Language Learners

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fable

play
noun fa·ble \ˈfā-bəl\

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

fable

play
noun fa·ble \ˈfā-bəl\

Definition of fable for Students

  1. 1 :  a story that is not true

  2. 2 :  a story in which animals speak and act like people and which is usually meant to teach a lesson



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