a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France.
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How to use fabliau in a sentence
In the fabliau de Gautier dAupais there is mention of un vert mantel porprine (a mantle of green crimson).Chaucer for Children | Mrs. H. R. Haweis
And it is important to repeat that it connects itself in the general literary survey both with fabliau and with allegory.The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory | George Saintsbury
This, which is not so much a branch as an independent fabliau, is attributed to Rutebœuf, v. infra.The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory | George Saintsbury
In the opinion of the best scholars, the earliest surviving fabliau is that of Richeut, which dates from 1159.
It is a mistake to suppose, as is frequently done, that every legend of the middle ages is a fabliau.
British Dictionary definitions for fabliau
a comic usually ribald verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries
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