Definitions for fableˈfeɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fa•ble*ˈfeɪ bəl(n.; v.)-bled, -bling.

  1. (n.)a short tale used to teach a moral, often with animals as characters.

    Category: Literature

  2. a story not founded on fact.

    Category: Literature

  3. a legend or myth.

    Category: Literature

  4. lie; falsehood.

  5. (v.i.)Archaic.to tell or write fables.

    Category: Literature

  6. (v.t.)to describe as if true.

* Syn: See legend.

Origin of fable:

1250–1300; ME < AF, OF < L fābula a story, tale =fā(ri) to speak +-bula suffix of instrument

fa′bler(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fabrication, fiction, fable(noun)

    a deliberately false or improbable account

  2. fable, parable, allegory, apologue(noun)

    a short moral story (often with animal characters)

  3. legend, fable(noun)

    a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fable(noun)ˈfeɪ bəl

    a story about animals that ends with a lesson

Wiktionary

  1. fable(Noun)

    A fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept, usually with animals, birds etc as characters; an apologue. Prototypically, Aesop's Fables.

  2. fable(Noun)

    Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.

  3. fable(Noun)

    Fiction; untruth; falsehood.

  4. fable(Verb)

    To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.

  5. fable(Verb)

    To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fable(noun)

    a Feigned story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept; an apologue. See the Note under Apologue

  2. Fable(noun)

    the plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem

  3. Fable(noun)

    any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk

  4. Fable(noun)

    fiction; untruth; falsehood

  5. Fable(verb)

    to compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true

  6. Fable(verb)

    to feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely

Freebase

  1. Fable

    Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized, and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson, which may at the end be added explicitly in a pithy maxim. A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech and other powers of humankind. Usage has not always been so clearly distinguished. In the King James Version of the New Testament, "μῦθος" was rendered by the translators as "fable" in First and Second Timothy, in Titus and in First Peter. A person who writes fables is a fabulist.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

fable(noun)

a story (usually about animals) that teaches a lesson about human behaviour

Aesop's fables.

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