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tale is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tale in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… malls are a cautionary tale don't remove …”

meanings of tale


  1. A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.
  2. Account; estimation; regard; heed.
  3. A report of any matter; a relation; a version.
  4. Speech; language.
  5. Alternative form of tael.
  6. A rehearsal of what has occurred; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.
  7. An account of an asserted fact or circumstance; a rumour; a report, especially an idle or malicious story; a piece of gossip or slander; a lie.
  8. A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.
  9. The fraudulent opportunity presented by a confidence man to the mark or victim.
  10. Number; tally; quota.
  11. A count; declaration.
  12. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.


  1. To reckon; consider (someone) to have something.
  2. To speak; discourse; tell tales.

tale frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word tale occurs in english on average 37.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tale can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tale can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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