Tale

Definition of Tale

n.1.See Tael.
1.That which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.
We spend our years as a tale that is told.
- Ps. xc. 9.
2.A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration; a count, in distinction from measure or weight; a number reckoned or stated.
The ignorant, . . . who measure by tale, and not by weight.
- Hooker.
And every shepherd tells his tale,
Under the hawthornn in the dale.
- Milton.
In packing, they keep a just tale of the number.
- Carew.
3.(Law) A count or declaration.
To tell tale of
to make account of.
Therefore little tale hath he told
Of any dream, so holy was his heart.
- Chaucer.
v. i.1.To tell stories.

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