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Tale appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Tell a tall tale of a tall tailed dog, that told Tim it tap a tall ale and thump the top of Tim's tomb.

Tale appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • One tale, rotten, not new, I went on Net to relate, no?
  • Did I sew on a mat: "Can a trade tale be belated art; an act a man owes?"… I did!
  • Did I do Omani sex?… I’m a revelation, a ham or from a Hanoi tale Vera mixes in a mood I did.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun tale:


Tale is sometimes a misspelling of tail or traffic.

The word tale is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tale

What does tale mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tales

  1. a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
  2. a trivial lie

Alternative definition of the noun tale


  1. [obsolete] Number.
  2. [obsolete] Account; estimation; regard; heed.
  3. [obsolete] Speech; language.
  4. [obsolete] A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.
  5. [legal, obsolete] A count; declaration.
  6. [rare or archaic] Numbering; enumeration; reckoning; account; count.
  7. [rare or archaic] A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.
  8. [rare or archaic] A report of any matter; a relation; a version.
  9. An account of an asserted fact or circumstance; a rumour; a report, especially an idle or malicious story; a piece of gossip or slander; a lie.
  10. a type of story.
  11. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.


Who is Tale?

Tale a.k.a. Josif Tatic: Josif Tatić was a Serbian film actor. He appeared in more than one hundred films from 1967 to 2011.


Tale is a musical group.

  • albums: "Riverman, Volume 1", "Elysium Fields"


Tale a.k.a. 钛友文化 is a record label.


  1. Tale is a fictional character from the 1998 film Sa Pusod ng Dagat.
  2. Tale is a fictional film character.


"Tale" is a short film, written and directed by Ragnar Keil.


"Tale" a.k.a. "Talé" is a musical album of Salif Keïta.

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Tale a.k.a. Tai Le alphabet: Tai Le is the name of Tai Nüa script, the script used for the Tai Nüa language.

Phrases with Tale

  1. Tale Of The Tape
  2. Fairy-Tale Hair
  3. folk tale
  4. tall tale
  5. fairy tale
  6. Fairy-Tale
  7. heroic tale
  8. old wives' tale

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Tale

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Google previewA Reading of the Canterbury Tales (1967)

by Bernard Felix Hupp�

The Knight's Tale is an allegory. Starting from the problem raised by the balancing of the two young heroes, Palamon and Arcite, a critic has suggested that they are best understood as allegorical characters, with Arcite representing the Active ...

Google previewStory (2006)

A Handbook by Jacqueline S. Thursby

Usually humorous, a tall tale is an exaggerated lie told with a straight face. A tall tale is...

Google previewThe Ancestor's Tale (2016)

A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life by Richard Dawkins, Yan Wong

THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of ...

Google previewScience and the Modern World (2011)

by A. N. Whitehead

The tale is the epic of an episode in the manifestation of reason. It tells how a particular direction of reason emerges in a race by the long preparation of antecedent epochs, how after its birth its subject-matter gradually unfolds itself, how it ...

Google previewVoices of Southeast Asia (2014)

Essential Readings from Antiquity to the Present by George E. Dutton

The tale is a distinctive localization of a particular Buddhist literary tradition, with its origins in the Jataka tales, the numerous stories about the previous lives of the Buddha. These tales are a core element of the popularization of Buddhism ...

Google previewFairground Attractions (2011)

A Genealogy of the Pleasure Ground by Deborah Philips

fairy tale is the essential genre of the theme park. Fairies and magic dust have long been used in the selling of the pleasure ground and are invoked in advertising that recurrently frames a visit as a 'magical experience'. The theme park space ...

Google previewAnti-Italianism (2010)

Essays on a Prejudice by W. Connell, F. Gardaphé

Shark Tale is a production of DreamWorks SKG, owned by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. To promote it, DreamWorks formed partnerships with some of the nation's largest corporations, including Coca-Cola and ...

Google previewHats and Headwear around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2013)

A Cultural Encyclopedia by Beverly Chico

by Hans Christian Andersen, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) by Beatrix Potter, and Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by Alan Alexander ...

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Quotes about Tale

Queen Elizabeth: An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
Richard: Then plainly to her tell my loving tale.
Queen Elizabeth: Plain and not honest is too harsh a style. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of T1A1L1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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