WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
tale /teɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a story of an incident:the scary tale of Count Dracula.
  2. a lie, esp. against another:telling tales again.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
tale (tāl),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case;
    story:a tale about Lincoln's dog.
  2. a literary composition having the form of such a narrative.
  3. a falsehood;
  4. a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
  5. the full number or amount.
  6. [Archaic.]enumeration;
  7. [Obs.]talk;
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English talu series, list, narrative, story; cognate with Dutch taal speech, language, German Zahl number, Old Norse tala number, speech. See tell1

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tale /teɪl/ n
  1. a report, narrative, or story
  2. one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework
  3. a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossip
  4. (in combination): talebearer, taleteller
  5. a fictitious or false statement
  6. tell talesto tell fanciful lies
  7. to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
  8. tell a taleto reveal something important
  9. tell its own taleto be self-evident
  10. archaic a number; amount
Etymology: Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number

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