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 in a Sentence
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?
Recent Examples of tale from the Web
The women told tales of discrimination both overt and subtle.
Relating the upset in the black community when the Raiders were moved to Oakland, Ice Cube narrates a tale of increasing discontent with sports, politics, and the powers that be—culminating in the rise of gangsta rap.
My mother will tell these epic tales of growing up a campesina in the Dominican Republic.
This is simply a riveting and unbelievable tale that very few people know–about a young man who was a hero long before becoming the iconic 35th President of the United States.
This is a solid tale of unintended consequences, at least for a Congress that put curbs on a temporary visa program for low-skilled workers.
This tale of romantic suspense is set in 1920s Florida.
Based on Alice Walker’s book of the same name, this southern period piece tells a rich and nuanced tale of race, sexism, sexual abuse, poverty, sisterhood and same-sex (albeit watered down) love.
Prosecutors told a tale of lies and manipulation that struck at the heart of the markets.
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Origin and Etymology of tale
Middle English, from Old English talu; akin to Old Norse tala talk
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
TALE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tale for English Language Learners
: 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
TALE Defined for Kids
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