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[fab-lee-oh; French fa-blee-oh] /ˈfæb liˌoʊ; French fa bliˈoʊ/
noun, plural fabliaux
[fab-lee-ohz; French fa-blee-oh] /ˈfæb liˌoʊz; French fa bliˈoʊ/ (Show IPA)
a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France.
Origin of fabliau
1795-1805; < French; Old North French form of Old French fablel, fableau, equivalent to fable fable + -el diminutive suffix; see -elle Unabridged
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/ˈfæblɪˌəʊ; French fɑblijo/
noun (pl) fabliaux (ˈfæblɪˌəʊz; French) (fɑblijo)
a comic usually ribald verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries
Word Origin
C19: from French: a little tale, from fable tale
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