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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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