from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short story or novella.
- n. A medieval narrative tale.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short narrative or tale, esp. one dealing with surprising or marvelous events.
French, from Old French conter, to relate, recount; see count1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)