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tales

[teylz, tey-leez] /teɪlz, ˈteɪ liz/
noun, Law.
1.
(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.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the order or writ summoning such jurors.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Medieval Latin tālēs (dē circumstantibus) such (of the bystanders)

tale

[teyl] /teɪl/
noun
1.
a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story:
a tale about Lincoln's dog.
2.
a literary composition having the form of such a narrative.
3.
a falsehood; lie.
4.
a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
5.
the full number or amount.
6.
Archaic. enumeration; count.
7.
Obsolete. talk; discourse.
Origin
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
Can be confused
tail, tale.
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Examples from the web for tales
  • The tour guides include history, pirate tales and legends along the way.
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  • Even a greenhorn could predict what would happen next: more films based on fairy tales.
  • Even sailors who didn't run aground here told tales of the howling winds and birds.
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  • Some of his tales were true, others near-fabrications.
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  • His tales include skinny-dipping, nearly getting arrested and plenty of beer.
British Dictionary definitions for tales

tales

/ˈteɪliːz/
noun (law)
1.
(functioning as pl) a group of persons summoned from among those present in court or from bystanders to fill vacancies on a jury panel
2.
(functioning as sing) the writ summoning such jurors
Derived Forms
talesman, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin phrase tālēs dē circumstantibus such men from among the bystanders, from Latin tālis such

tale

/teɪl/
noun
1.
a report, narrative, or story
2.
one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework
3.
  1. a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossip: to bear tales against someone
  2. (in combination): talebearer, taleteller
4.
a fictitious or false statement
5.
tell tales
  1. to tell fanciful lies
  2. 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)
  1. a number; amount
  2. computation or enumeration
9.
an obsolete word for talk
Word Origin
Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number
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Word Origin and History for tales

tale

n.

Old English talu "story, tale, the action of telling," from Proto-Germanic *talo (cf. Dutch taal "speech, language"), from PIE root *del- "to recount, count." The secondary English sense of "number, numerical reckoning" (c.1200) probably was the primary one in Germanic; cf. teller (see tell) and Old Frisian tale, Middle Dutch tal "number," Old Saxon tala "number," Old High German zala, German Zahl "number."

The ground sense of the Modern English 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 mid-14c.; first record of talebearer "tattletale" is late 15c.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tales

tale

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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tales in the Bible

(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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with tales
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