Meaning of tale

tale

Pronunciation: (tāl), [key]
— 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; lie.
  4. a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
  5. the full number or amount.
  6. enumeration; count.
  7. talk; discourse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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