from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral) by comparison or analogy
- v. To represent by parable.
- adj. That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Procurable.
- n. A comparison; a similitude; specifically, a short fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or nature, by means of which a moral is drawn.
- transitive v. To represent by parable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A comparison; similitude.
- n. Specifically An allegorical relation or representation from which a moral is drawn for instruction; an apologue.
- n. Synonyms Metaphor, Comparison,etc. (see simile); Fable,etc. (see myth).
- To represent by a parable or allegorical representation.
- Capable of being procured, prepared, or provided.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short moral story (often with animal characters)
- n. (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parabola, from Greek parabolē, from paraballein, to compare : para-, beside; see para-1 + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French (=modern) parabole, from Late Latin parabola, from Ancient Greek παραβολή (parabolē, "putting aside"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin parābilis, from parāre ("to prepare, procure"). (Wiktionary)