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



BrE BrE//ˈpærəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəbl//
Religious texts, Types of story
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a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson, especially one of those told by Jesus as recorded in the Bible See related entries: Religious texts, Types of story Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French parabole, from an ecclesiastical Latin sense ‘discourse, allegory’ of Latin parabola ‘comparison’, from Greek parabolē ‘placing side by side, application’, from para- ‘beside’ + bolē ‘a throw’ (from the verb ballein).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parable