- A fictitious narrative intended to enforce some useful truth or precept, usually with animals, birds etc as characters; an apologue. Prototypically, Aesop's Fables.
- The plot, story, or connected series of events forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
- Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
- Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
- (transitive, archaic) To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.
- (intransitive, archaic) To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction; to write or utter what is not true.