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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 fables word

  • noun fables 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 fables a story not founded on fact: This biography is largely a self-laudatory fable. 1
  • noun fables a story about supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents; legend: the fables of gods and heroes. 1
  • noun fables legends or myths collectively: the heroes of Greek fable. 1
  • noun fables an untruth; falsehood: This boast of a cure is a medical fable. 1
  • noun fables the plot of an epic, a dramatic poem, or a play. 1

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Origin of fables

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 Fables


fables 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".

fables usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fables

noun fables

  • tales — a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog.
  • stories — a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
  • parables — a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.
  • allegories — Plural form of allegory.
  • apologues — Plural form of apologue.

Antonyms for fables

noun fables

  • senses — 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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