noun: tale; plural noun: tales
a fictitious or true narrative or story, especially one that is imaginatively recounted.
"a delightful children's tale"
synonyms: story, short story, narrative, anecdote, report, account, record, history; More
legend, fable, myth, romance, parable, allegory, epic, saga;
"a tale of witches and warlocks"
rumour, gossip, hearsay, slander, talk, allegation, tittle-tattle, libel, story
"Otto told me some shocking tales about Jean-Claude"
synonyms: lie, fib, falsehood, story, untruth, fabrication, fiction, piece of fiction; More
informaltall story, fairy story/tale, cock and bull story, shaggy-dog story, yarn
"they were exchanging racy stories and tall tales"
a number or total.
"an exact tale of the dead bodies"