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Definition of tale noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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tale

noun
/teɪl/ tale pronunciation American
 
1 a story created using the imagination, especially one that is full of action and adventureDickens' “A Tale of Two Cities”a fairy/moral/romantic, etc. taleHis latest book is a delightful children's tale about talking animals. see also folk tale, tall tale2 an exciting spoken description of an event, which may not be completely trueI love listening to his tales of life at sea.I've heard tales of people seeing ghosts in that house.The team's tale of woe continued on Saturday (= they lost another game).Her experiences provide a cautionary tale (= a warning) for us all. see also tattletaleIDIOM

an old wives' tale

(disapproving) an old idea or belief that has been proved not to be scientifican old wives' tale
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