Tale

Tale may refer to:

  • Cautionary tale, a traditional story told in folklore, to warn its hearer of a danger
  • Fairy tale, a fictional story that usually features folkloric characters (such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches, giants, and talking animals) and enchantments
  • Folk tale, a story passed-down within a particular population, which comprises the traditions of that culture or group.
  • Fable, a brief story, which illustrates a moral lesson and which features animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphised
  • Frame tale, whereby the main story is composed, at least in part, for the purpose of organizing a set of shorter stories.
  • Urban legend, a modern folk tale consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them
  • Old wives' tale, a wisdom much like an urban legend, supposedly passed down by old wives to a younger generation
  • Tall tale, a story that tries to explain the reason for some natural phenomenon
  • TALE, or transcription activator-like effector, a type of DNA binding protein secreted by infectious bacteria of plants that contains a highly engineerable DNA binding domain

Famous quotes containing the word tale:

    I tell the tale that I heard told.
    Mithridates, he died old.
    —A.E. (Alfred Edward)

    Once more La Traviata sighs
    Another sadder song:
    Once more Il Trovatore cries
    A tale of deeper wrong;
    Alfred Noyes (1880–1958)

    With a tale, forsooth, he cometh unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)