What does tale mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrative, narration, story, talenoun

    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, taradiddlenoun

    a trivial lie

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talenoun

    see Tael

  2. Taleverb

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

  3. Taleverb

    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. Taleverb

    a count or declaration

  5. Taleverb

    to tell stories

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tale

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tale

    [from Anglo-Saxon tael, number]. Taylor thus expressed it in 1630-- "Goods in and out, which daily ships doe fraight By guesse, by tale, by measure, and by weight."

Editors Contribution

  1. Tale

    A short story or narrative.

    The book has many good tales with morals.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 21, 2019  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tale in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tale in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Life is always what you make of it, although it's often full of surprises and unexpected twists. Playwright William Shakespeare wrote that Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. In actuality, your life is a story written by no one else but you; and it's always up to you to make it interesting, worthwhile, and wonderful.

  2. Adam Sarhan:

    As we close out of the year, it's been a tale of two tapes, with narrow leadership holding up the major indices, while the vast majority of the market continues to underperform, the big story today as investors wrap up the year is that after all that's said and done, it's a flat year for the S&P 500.

  3. Long Liu:

    What the company is promising is a fictitious tale. This is not like a real investment because it will never be realized or returned.

  4. James Chao:

    It's still a tale of two worlds, with domestic manufacturers probably hovering around 60 percent capacity and the international joint ventures at 80-85 percent. It's a big difference.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying Nothing.

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