[fab-lee-oh; French fa-blee-oh]
noun, plural fab·li·aux [fab-lee-ohz; French fa-blee-oh] /ˈfæb liˌoʊz; French fa bliˈoʊ/.
a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France.
Origin of fabliau
< French; Old North French
form of Old French fablel, fableau,
equivalent to fable fable
diminutive suffix; see -elle
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Examples from the Web for fabliau
Historical Examples of fabliau
It is given by John of Bromyard, and is the subject of a fabliau which is given by Meon.
But there is nothing in previous literature which exactly corresponds to the fabliau.
The special period of fabliau composition appears to have been the 12th and 13th centuries.
The dramatic germ contained in the fabliau and quickened by the mystery produces the profane drama.
The fabliau takes every phase of life for its subject; the folk-song acquires elegance and does not lose raciness and truth.
British Dictionary definitions for fabliau
noun plural fabliaux (ˈfæblɪˌəʊz, French fɑblijo)
a comic usually ribald verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries
Word Origin for fabliau
C19: from French: a little tale, from fable tale
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