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tale

 (tāl)
n.
1. A recital of events or happenings; a report or revelation: told us a long tale of woe.
2. A malicious story, piece of gossip, or petty complaint.
3. A deliberate lie; a falsehood.
4. A narrative of real or imaginary events; a story.
5. Archaic A tally or reckoning; a total.

[Middle English, from Old English talu; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

tale

(teɪl)
n
1. a report, narrative, or story
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework
3.
a. a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossip: to bear tales against someone.
b. (in combination): talebearer; taleteller.
4. a fictitious or false statement
5. tell tales
a. to tell fanciful lies
b. to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
6. tell a tale to reveal something important
7. tell its own tale to be self-evident
8. archaic
a. a number; amount
b. computation or enumeration
9. an obsolete word for talk
[Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number]

tale

(teɪl)

n.
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.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English talu list, story]

Tale

 a number of things; a list or series; a tally or total.
Examples: an exact tale of the dead bodies, 1722; tale of fair children, 1864; goodly tale of folios, 1826; of lambs (the total number), 1697; tale of oysters (quantity by which they are sold), 1594; of good works, 1732.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of eventstale - 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"
tearjerker - an excessively sentimental narrative
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
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
2.tale - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
lie, prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance - an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse

tale

noun
1. story, narrative, anecdote, account, relation, novel, legend, fiction, romance, saga, short story, yarn (informal), fable, narration, conte (French), spiel (informal), urban myth, urban legend a collection of poems and folk tales
2. lie, fabrication, falsehood, fib, untruth, spiel (informal), tall story (informal), rigmarole, cock-and-bull story (informal) He's always ready to spin a tall tale about the one that got away.
Quotations
"And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe,"
"And then from hour to hour we rot and rot;"
"And thereby hangs a tale" [William Shakespeare As You Like It]
Proverbs
"A tale never loses in the telling"

tale

noun
2. An entertaining and often oral account of a real or fictitious occurrence:
Informal: tall tale, yarn.
3. Archaic. A noting of items one by one:
4. Archaic. A number or quantity obtained as a result of addition:
Translations
حِكَايَةحِكايَه، قِصَّهكِذْبَه
ležpříběhsmyšlenkavyprávění
beretningfortællingskrøne
rakonto
tarinasatu
pričapripovijestpripovijetka
lygasaga, uppspunisagasaga, frásögn
이야기
izdomājumspasakasstāsts
pravljica
berättelse
เรื่องเล่า
câu chuyện

tale

[teɪl] N
1. (= story) → cuento m, historia f
he told us the tale of his adventuresnos contó sus aventuras
he had quite a tale to tellvaya historia que tenía para contar
it tells its own talehabla por sí solo
"Tales of King Arthur"Leyendas fpl del Rey Arturo
sound the alarm, or we shan't live to tell the taletoca el timbre, o no salimos vivos de esto, toca el timbre, o no lo contamos
few people get caught in an avalanche and live to tell the talemuy poca gente sobrevive una avalancha
see also fairy, hang B1
see also woe
2. (= fabrication) → cuento m, patraña f
to tell tales (out of school) (= inform) → chivarse, chismear; (= fib) → contar cuentos
see also old C

tale

[ˈteɪl] n
(= story) → conte m, histoire f
(= account) → récit m
(= lie) → histoire f
to tell tales about sb → raconter des histoires sur qn

tale

n
Geschichte f; (Liter) → Erzählung f; Tales of King ArthurArtussagen pl; he had quite a tale to teller hatte einiges zu erzählen, der hatte vielleicht was zu erzählen (inf); I bet he/that bed could tell a tale or two (inf)er/das Bett könnte bestimmt so einiges erzählen; it tells its own taledas spricht für sich; at least he lived to tell the talezumindest hat er die Sache überlebt; thereby hangs a taledas ist eine lange Geschichte; I’ve heard a fine tale about you (iro)von dir hört man ja schöne Geschichten!
to tell talespetzen (inf) (→ to +dat); (dated: = fib) → flunkern; to tell tales out of school (inf)aus der Schule plaudern; to tell tales about somebodyjdn verpetzen (inf)(to bei)

tale

:
tale-teller
n (Sch) → Petzer(in) m(f) (inf)
tale-telling
n (Sch) → Petzerei f (inf)

tale

[teɪl] n (gen) → storia; (story) → racconto; (legend) → leggenda (pej) → fandonia
to tell tales (inform) → fare la spia (lies) → dire bugie
he told us the tale of his escape → ci ha raccontato la storia della sua fuga

tale

(teil) noun
1. a story. He told me the tale of his travels.
2. an untrue story; a lie. He told me he had a lot of money, but that was just a tale.

tale

حِكَايَة příběh fortælling Erzählung μύθος cuento tarina récit priča storia 이야기 sprookje historie opowieść conto сказка berättelse เรื่องเล่า masal câu chuyện 故事

tale

n. [story] cuento; [gossip] pop. chisme.
References in classic literature ?
Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale.
That is the tale of Nada the Lily, my father, and of how we avenged her.
Heart" was intended for a much longer tale, and is unavoidably incomplete; but it is unnecessary to point out defects that even the juvenile reader will soon detect.
And the minstrel who had a good tale to tell was ever sure of a welcome, and for his pains he was rewarded with money, jewels, and even land.
I may venture to assert the same of every aspect of the story, while I confess that the particular typhoon of the tale was not a typhoon of my actual experience.
But as it is a tale which he is not acquainted with, and can only find out what it is by listening as it goes along telling itself, it is more than apt to go on and on and on till it spreads itself into a book.
Now drink your tea," said the boy's mother; "then, perhaps, you may hear a fairy tale.
The longest and finest of Chaucer's poems of this period, 'Troilus and Criseyde' is based on a work of Boccaccio; here Chaucer details with compelling power the sentiment and tragedy of love, and the psychology of the heroine who had become for the Middle Ages a central figure in the tale of Troy.
Then the first thing will be to establish a censorship of the writers of fiction, and let the censors receive any tale of fiction which is good, and reject the bad; and we will desire mothers and nurses to tell their children the authorised ones only.
And they may unfold a tale of narrow escape, of steady ill-luck, of high winds and heavy weather, of ice, of interminable calms or endless head-gales; a tale of difficulties overcome, of adversity defied by a small knot of men upon the great loneliness of the sea; a tale of resource, of courage - of helplessness, perhaps.
Now, my friends," said she, "to wile away the time till the bright moon goes down, let us each tell a tale, or relate what we have done or learned this day.
He said he would state the case exactly accord- ing to the facts; he would tell the simple straightfor- ward tale, without comment of his own; "and then," said he, "if ye find glory and honor due, ye will give it unto him who is the mightiest man of his hands that ever bare shield or strake with sword in the ranks of Christian battle -- even him that sitteth there