Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
 
Lookup History
parable

par·a·ble

parable

 
 
pronunciation:
pae r bl
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word History, Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: a brief story told as a moral or religious lesson, esp. one that uses allegory or symbolism.
The Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan teaches that it is right to help others whether or not they are strangers to us.
similar words:
allegory, apologue, fable, story
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
Word History
The word parable comes from Latin and ancient Greek words that mean "a comparison." One learns most from a parable when one understands that the story is supposed to be compared with something else. What that "something else" is, the reader must discover.
Word Explorer
See
  literature, moral, myth
Word PartsSubscriber feature About this feature