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TALE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tale mean? 

TALE (noun)
  The noun TALE has 2 senses:

1. 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
2. a trivial lie

  Familiarity information: TALE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TALE (noun)


Sense 1tale [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

narration; narrative; story; tale

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("tale" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tale"):

tearjerker (an excessively sentimental narrative)

tall tale (an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story)

folk tale; folktale (a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk)

sob story; sob stuff (a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy)

fairy story; fairy tale; fairytale (a story about fairies; told to amuse children)

nursery rhyme (a tale in rhymed verse for children)

Instance hyponyms:

Canterbury Tales (an uncompleted series of tales written after 1387 by Geoffrey Chaucer)


Sense 2tale [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A trivial lie

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

fib; taradiddle; tarradiddle; tale; story

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("tale" is a kind of...):

lie; prevarication (a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tale"):

cock-and-bull story; fairy story; fairy tale; fairytale; song and dance (an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse)


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