Definition of fable noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪbl//
    Linguistic devices, Types of story
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a traditional short story that teaches a moral lesson, especially one with animals as characters; these stories considered as a group Aesop’s Fables a land rich in fable See related entries: Types of story
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a statement, or an account of something, that is not true See related entries: Linguistic devices
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French fable (noun), from Latin fabula ‘story’, from fari ‘speak’.
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