Definitions for taleteɪl

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word tale

Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrative, narration, story, tale(noun)

    a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

    "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"

  2. fib, story, tale, tarradiddle, taradiddle(noun)

    a trivial lie

    "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tale(noun)

    see Tael

  2. Tale(verb)

    that which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story

  3. Tale(verb)

    a number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration; a count, in distinction from measure or weight; a number reckoned or stated

  4. Tale(verb)

    a count or declaration

  5. Tale(verb)

    to tell stories

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tale' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4308

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tale' in Nouns Frequency: #1286

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Rogers:

    It's a tale of two cities.

  2. Rita Outen:

    There was also that fairy tale comment.

  3. D. H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature:

    Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.

  4. Attila Holoda:

    At the moment this is just a fairy tale.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.

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