Definition of tale noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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
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