- (used with a plural verb) persons chosen to serve on the jury when the original panel is insufficiently large: originally selected from among those present in court.
- (used with a singular verb) the order or writ summoning such jurors.
Origin of tales
- a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog.
- a literary composition having the form of such a narrative.
- a falsehood; lie.
- a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
- the full number or amount.
- Archaic. enumeration; count.
- Obsolete. talk; discourse.
Origin of tale
Examples from the Web for tales
He was a magician, an invisible teller of tales with the power to make my sides ache without telling a single joke.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
Throughout her career, tales of wild behavior, random sexual encounters and copious drug use have orbited her waifish figure.Sex, Drugs, and Kate Moss: Secrets of a Wild Supermodel
October 9, 2014
Tales still swirl about the strange forest ruins and mysterious happenings that have occurred around Gedi.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi
September 18, 2014
Many students have written to Deresiewicz with tales of similar high-achievement/low-meaning experiences.The Elite American College Pile-On
Michael S. Roth
September 15, 2014
“I love Americans I just hate your government,” he said before regaling me with tales of family visits to the United States.
Lady Delacour opened the book, which was a volume of Marmontel's Tales.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
I preferred stories of Egypt's past and present to tales of adventure.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Even to her, Enoch had told no tales; and strangely enough, she was quite satisfied.Tiverton Tales
Tales of superstition and all mystery stories of the unknown.
There are tales among us that you have sold yourself to the devil, and I know not what.'Barnaby Rudge
- (functioning as plural) a group of persons summoned from among those present in court or from bystanders to fill vacancies on a jury panel
- (functioning as singular) the writ summoning such jurors
- a report, narrative, or story
- one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework
- a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossipto bear tales against someone
- (in combination)talebearer; taleteller
- a fictitious or false statement
- tell tales
- to tell fanciful lies
- to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
- tell a tale to reveal something important
- tell its own tale to be self-evident
- a number; amount
- computation or enumeration
- an obsolete word for talk
Word Origin and History for tales
Old English talu "story, tale, the action of telling," from Proto-Germanic *talo (cf. Dutch taal "speech, language"), from PIE root *del- "to recount, count." The secondary English sense of "number, numerical reckoning" (c.1200) probably was the primary one in Germanic; cf. teller (see tell) and Old Frisian tale, Middle Dutch tal "number," Old Saxon tala "number," Old High German zala, German Zahl "number."
The ground sense of the Modern English word in its main meaning, then, might have been "an account of things in their due order." Related to talk and tell. Meaning "things divulged that were given secretly, gossip" is from mid-14c.; first record of talebearer "tattletale" is late 15c.
Idioms and Phrases with tales
see old wives' tale; tall tale; tell tales; thereby hangs a tale.