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tale

[ teyl ]
/ teɪl /
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Definition of tale

noun
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Origin of tale

before 900; Middle English; Old English talu series, list, narrative, story; cognate with Dutch taal speech, language, German Zahl number, Old Norse tala number, speech. See tell1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tale

tail, tale
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British Dictionary definitions for tale

tale
/ (teɪl) /

noun

Word Origin for tale

Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tale

tale

see old wives' tale; tall tale; tell tales; thereby hangs a tale.

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