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English noun: tale

1. tale (communication) 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


SamplesHis narrative was interesting.
Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children.


Synonymsnarration, narrative, story


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance


Narrower (hyponym)fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, folk tale, folktale, nursery rhyme, sob story, sob stuff, tall tale, tearjerker


Instance hyponymCanterbury Tales

2. tale (communication) a trivial lie


SamplesHe told a fib about eating his spinach.
How can I stop my child from telling stories?.


Synonymsfib, story, taradiddle, tarradiddle


Broader (hypernym)lie, prevarication


Narrower (hyponym)cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance









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