[teylz, tey-leez]
noun Law.
(used with a plural verb) persons chosen to serve on the jury when the original panel is insufficiently large: originally selected from among those present in court.
(used with a singular verb) the order or writ summoning such jurors.

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin tālēs (dē circumstantibus) such (of the bystanders)

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a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog.
a literary composition having the form of such a narrative.
a falsehood; lie.
a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
the full number or amount.
Archaic. enumeration; count.
Obsolete. talk; discourse.

before 900; Middle English; Old English talu series, list, narrative, story; cognate with Dutch taal speech, language, German Zahl number, Old Norse tala number, speech. See tell1

tail, tale.
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tale (teɪl)
1.  a report, narrative, or story
2.  one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework
3.  a.  a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossip: to bear tales against someone
 b.  (in combination): talebearer; taleteller
4.  a fictitious or false statement
5.  tell tales
 a.  to tell fanciful lies
 b.  to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
6.  tell a tale to reveal something important
7.  tell its own tale to be self-evident
8.  archaic
 a.  a number; amount
 b.  computation or enumeration
9.  an obsolete word for talk
[Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number]

tales (ˈteɪliːz)
1.  (functioning as plural) a group of persons summoned from among those present in court or from bystanders to fill vacancies on a jury panel
2.  (functioning as singular) the writ summoning such jurors
[C15: from Medieval Latin phrase tālēs dē circumstantibus such men from among the bystanders, from Latin tālis such]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. talu "story, tale, the action of telling," from P.Gmc. *talo (cf. Du. taal "speech, language"), from PIE base *del- "to recount, count." The secondary Eng. sense of "number, numerical reckoning" (c.1200) probably was the primary one in Gmc., cf. teller (see tell) and
O.Fris. tale, M.Du. tal "number," O.S. tala "number," O.H.G. zala, Ger. Zahl "number." The ground sense of the Mod.Eng. word in its main meaning, then, might have been "an account of things in their due order." Related to talk and tell. Meaning "things divulged that were given secretly, gossip" is from c.1350; first record of talebearer "tattletale" is 1478.
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Bible Dictionary

Tale definition

(1.) Heb. tokhen, "a task," as weighed and measured out = tally, i.e., the number told off; the full number (Ex. 5:18; see 1 Sam. 18:27; 1 Chr. 9:28). In Ezek. 45:11 rendered "measure." (2.) Heb. hegeh, "a thought;" "meditation" (Ps. 90:9); meaning properly "as a whisper of sadness," which is soon over, or "as a thought." The LXX. and Vulgate render it "spider;" the Authorized Version and Revised Version, "as a tale" that is told. In Job 37:2 this word is rendered "sound;" Revised Version margin, "muttering;" and in Ezek. 2:10, "mourning."

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Example sentences
The tour guides include history, pirate tales and legends along the way.
But our intractable brains evolved on a diet of campfire tales.
Some stem cell recipients have indeed told tales of unexpected recovery.
The annals of marketing and design are filled with tales of products that
  gained widespread popularity for unintended uses.
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