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"
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?"
that which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story
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
a count or declaration
to tell stories
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tāl, n. a narrative or story: a fable: what is told or counted off: number: reckoning.—v.i. (obs.) to speak.—n. Tale′-bear′er, one who maliciously tells tales or gives information.—adj. Tale′-bear′ing, given to tell tales or give information officiously.—n. act of telling secrets.—adj. Tale′ful, abounding with stories.—n. Tale′-tell′er, one who tells stories, esp. officiously.—Be in a (or one) tale, to be in full accord; Old wives' tale, any marvellous story appealing to one's credulity; Tell one's (or its) own tale, to speak for one's self or itself; Tell tales, to play the informer; Tell tales out of school, to reveal confidential matters. [A.S. talu, a reckoning, a tale, also speech; Ger. zahl, a number.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tale' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4308
Rank popularity for the word 'tale' in Nouns Frequency: #1286
The numerical value of tale in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of tale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Two forces create eternity – a fairy tale and a dream from the fairy tale.
Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
It has been a nursery rhyme experience for sure, but more than likely without a fairy tale ending.
Is there a cautionary tale here? Yes, it's a cautionary tale to everyone to be careful when you are using social media.
The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.
Images & Illustrations of tale
Translations for tale
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- Märchen, Geschichte, Erzählung, SageGerman
- historia, cuentoSpanish
- tarina, satuFinnish
- sgeulScottish Gaelic
- コント, 物語, 説話Japanese
- fabella, fabulaLatin
- pasaka, stāstsLatvian
- vertelsel, verhaaltjeDutch
- conto, fábula, históriaPortuguese
- были́на, при́тча, ска́зка, расска́з, по́весть, сказа́ние, исто́рия, са́га, ба́йка, ба́сняRussian
- при̏повије̄ст, prȉpovijētka, prȋča, prȉpovijēst, при̏повије̄тка, при̑чаSerbo-Croatian
- bájka, príbeh, rozprávkaSlovak
- tregim, përrallëAlbanian
- saga, berättelse, historiaSwedish
Get even more translations for tale »
Find a translation for the tale definition in other languages:
Select another language: