Fable - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfeɪbl|  American pronunciation of the word fable
Brit.  |ˈfeɪb(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word fable


- a deliberately false or improbable account (syn: fabrication, fiction)
- a short moral story (often with animal characters) (syn: allegory, apologue, parable)
- a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events (syn: legend)


The story that he won the battle single-handedly is a mere fable.

He combines fact and fable to make a more interesting story.

the fable of the fox and the crow

We grew the fable of the city where we dwelt. (A. Tennyson)

...a fable about personal redemption presented in the garb of a conventional horror story...

...a fable about the tarry of two Americans in a Scottish village that every century magically comes into existence for a day...

The reality is embroiled with fable and legend.

Word forms

singular: fable
plural: fables
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