What does fable mean?

Definitions for fable
ˈfeɪ bəlfa·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fable.

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


  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

  7. Origin: [F., fr. L. fabula, fr. fari to speak, say. See Ban, and cf. Fabulous, Fame.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fable

    fā′bl, n. a narrative in which things irrational, and sometimes inanimate, are, for the purpose of moral instruction, feigned to act and speak with human interests and passions: any tale in literary form, not necessarily probable in its incidents, intended to instruct or amuse: the plot or series of events in an epic or dramatic poem: a fiction or myth: a ridiculous story, as in 'old wives' fables,' a falsehood: subject of common talk.—v.i. to tell fictitious tales: (obs.) to tell falsehoods.—v.t. to feign: to invent.—p.adj. Fā′bled, mythical.—n. Fā′bler, a writer or narrator of fictions.—adj. Fab′ular.—v.i. Fab′ulīse, to write fables, or to speak in fables.—ns. Fab′ulist, one who invents fables; Fabulos′ity, Fab′ulousness.—adj. Fab′ulous, feigned, false: related in fable: immense, amazing.—adv. Fab′ulously. [Fr. fable—L. fabula, fāri, to speak.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fable in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    What is history but a fable agreed upon.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

  3. Matthew Growney:

    I want people to see that Fable is going to be impactful on a child, there’s so much stuff out there that parents have to assess. With this, they know there is something that will make their children smarter, it’s something that will impact a child’s growth.

  4. Francis Alys ':

    I had to kind of squeeze it. and it's maybe the reason why the end result is a 'fable'. I stayed within the frame of something that is not a historical approach it's a much more poetic approach. If anything maybe too poetic, within the circumstances. But it's what came out over that short time.

  5. Matthew Growney:

    We listened to teachers for feedback on how the tablet was most effective, one thing that teachers loved was that the tablet did not replace physical, hands-on learning. For instance, you can use Fable to design a ‘frog catcher.’ Create the drawing on the tablet, answer questions, give them physical materials like a shoe box and construction paper and then answer an assessment afterward on the tablet. It’s all about digital to physical back to digital. That is really where education is headed from a deployment standpoint.

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