tale

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noun \ˈtāl\

Definition of tale

  1. 1a :  a usually imaginative narrative of an event :  storyb :  an intentionally untrue report :  falsehood always preferred the tale to the truth — Sir Winston Churchill

  2. 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

  3. 3a :  count, tallyb :  total

  4. 4 obsolete :  discourse, talk

Examples of tale in a Sentence

  1. The movie is a stirring tale of courage.

  2. We listened to his familiar tale of woe as he talked again about the failure of his marriage.

  3. He told us thrilling tales about his adventures as a pilot in the war.

  4. Are you telling tales again? Or is that the truth?

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Origin and Etymology of tale

Middle English, from Old English talu; akin to Old Norse tala talk



TALE Defined for English Language Learners

tale

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noun

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

tale

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noun \ˈtāl\

Definition of tale for Students

  1. 1 :  something told He told a tale of woe.

  2. 2 :  a story about an imaginary event fairy tales

  3. 3 :  3lie

  4. 4 :  a piece of harmful gossip



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