KJV Dictionary Definition: tale


TALE, n. See Tell. A story; a narrative; the rehearsal of a series of events or adventures, commonly some trifling incidents; or a fictitious narrative; as the tale of a tub. Marmontel's tales; idle tales. Luke 24.

We spend our years as a tale that is told Ps.90.

1. Oral relation.

2. Reckoning; account set down. Ex.5.

In packing, they keep a just tale of the number.

3. Number reckoned.

--The ignorant who measure by tale, not be weight.

4. A telling; information; disclosure of any thing secret.

Birds--are aptest by their voice to tell tales what they find.

In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood. Ezek.22.

5. In law, a count or declaration. Tale, in this sense, is obsolete.

6. In commerce, a weight for gold and silver in China and other parts of the E. Indies; also, a money of account. In China, each tale is 10 maces=100 candareens-1000 cash.

TALE, v.i. To tell stories.


TA'LEFUL, a. Abounding with stories.


TA'LES, n. L. talis, plu. tales. In law, tales de circumstantibus, spectators in court, from whom the sheriff is to select men to supply any defect of jurors who are impaneled, but who may not appear, or may be challenged.