n. 传说，传言; （尤指充满惊险的）故事; 坏话，谣言; 〈古〉计算，总计
A tale is a story, often involving magic or exciting events.
...a collection of stories, poems and folk tales...
Episodes 1 and 2 of Tales of the City will be shown together on Tuesday.
You can refer to an interesting, exciting, or dramatic account of a real event as a tale .
The media have been filled with tales of horror and loss resulting from Monday's earthquake.
...a property analyst, full of cheery tales about soaring share prices and new capital pouring into property companies.
If you survive a dangerous or frightening experience and so are able to tell people about it afterwards, you can say that you lived to tell the tale .
You lived to tell the tale this time but who knows how far you can push your luck.
If someone tells tales about you, they tell other people things about you which are untrue or which you wanted to be kept secret.
I hesitated, not wanting to tell tales about my colleague.
1. a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program;
2. a trivial lie;
novel, romance, fiction, story, fable, tale
a tale of a tub
They can't work off that tale on us.
What he said sounded like a fairy tale.
There is no denying his tale.
It is nothing but a traveller's tale.
A pat tale aroused a big laugh.