Definition of tale noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    tale

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//teɪl//
     
     
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  1. 1 a story created using the imagination, especially one that is full of action and adventure Dickens' “A Tale of Two Cities” a fairy/moral/romantic, etc. tale His latest book is a delightful children's tale about talking animals. see also folk tale, tall tale
  2. 2 an exciting spoken description of an event, which may not be completely true I love listening to his tales of life at sea. I've heard tales of people seeing ghosts in that house. The team's tale of woe continued on Saturday (= they lost another game). Her experiences provide a cautionary tale (= a warning) for us all. see also tattletale
  3. Idioms
    live, etc. to tell the tale
     
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    to survive a difficult or dangerous experience so that you can tell others what really happened
    an old wives' tale(disapproving)
     
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    an old idea or belief that has been proved not to be scientific
    tell a different story/tale
     
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    to give some information that is different from what you expect or have been told
    tell its own tale/story
     
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    to explain itself, without needing any further explanation or comment Her face told its own story.
    tell tales (about something/on somebody)
     
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    to tell someone about something that another person has done wrong
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tale