Definitions for taleteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a narrative that relates some real or imaginary incident; story.

  2. a literary composition in the form of such a narrative.

  3. a falsehood; lie.

  4. a malicious rumor.

  5. Archaic. enumeration; count.

  6. Obs. talk; discourse.

Origin of tale:

bef. 900; ME; OE talu list, story

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?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tale(noun)ɪl

    a dramatic story or description

    an exciting tale of pirates and treasure

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

Translations for tale

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a story

He told me the tale of his travels.

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