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Definition of fable

What is the definition of "fable"?
  • fa•blenoun
  • 1. A usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.
    2. A story about legendary persons and exploits.
    3. A falsehood; a lie.


  • fa•bleverb-transitive
  • 1. To recount as if true.


  • fa•bleverb-intransitive
  • 1. Archaic To compose fables.


Use "fable" in a sentence
  • "[Footnote: For an explanation of the term fable, see page 236.] 1."

    "While I think the book has an intriguing premise, calling it a fable is a stretch."

    "Othellos, the Don Juans that illustrate to us that the fable is a game of chess played over and over again, a thousand times with whatever pieces destiny throws up at any given time."

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