fabliau

fabliau

[fab-lee-oh; French fa-blee-oh]
noun, plural fabliaux [fab-lee-ohz; French fa-blee-oh] .
a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France.

Origin:
1795–1805; < French; Old North French form of Old French fablel, fableau, equivalent to fable fable + -el diminutive suffix; see -elle

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fabliau (ˈfæblɪˌəʊ, French fɑblijo)
 
n , pl fabliaux
a comic usually ribald verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries
 
[C19: from French: a little tale, from fable tale]

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