Pronunciation: (tāl),[key] —n. 1. a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog. 2. a literary composition having the form of such a narrative.
3. a falsehood; lie.
4. a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
5. the full number or amount.
6. Archaic.enumeration; count.
7. Obs.talk; discourse.