Definition of tale
- always preferred the tale to the truth
- —Sir Winston Churchill
- dead men tell no tales
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?
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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