tale

DEFINITIONS OF: tale

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n 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

Synonyms:
narration, narrative, story
Examples:
Canterbury Tales
an uncompleted series of tales written after 1387 by Geoffrey Chaucer
Arabian Nights' Entertainment
a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century
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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
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n a trivial lie

Synonyms:
fib, story, taradiddle, tarradiddle
Types:
cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance
an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
Type of:
lie, prevarication
a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
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