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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-buh l]
    • /ˈfeɪ bəl/
    • /ˈfeɪ.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-buh l]
    • /ˈfeɪ bəl/

Definitions of fable word

  • noun fable a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables. 1
  • noun fable a story not founded on fact: This biography is largely a self-laudatory fable. 1
  • noun fable a story about supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents; legend: the fables of gods and heroes. 1
  • noun fable legends or myths collectively: the heroes of Greek fable. 1
  • noun fable an untruth; falsehood: This boast of a cure is a medical fable. 1
  • noun fable the plot of an epic, a dramatic poem, or a play. 1

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Origin of fable

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English fable, fabel, fabul < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fābula a story, tale, equivalent to fā(rī) to speak + -bula suffix of instrument

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Parts of speech for Fable


fable popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fable

noun fable

  • parable — a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.
  • myth — a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
  • yarn — thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.
  • fiction — works of this class, as novels or short stories: detective fiction.
  • tale — a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog.

Antonyms for fable

noun fable

  • non-fiction — the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay (opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry and drama).
  • truth — the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
  • sense — any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body: My sense of smell tells me that dinner is ready.

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