Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A short story or novella.
  • noun A medieval narrative tale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A short narrative or tale, esp. one dealing with surprising or marvelous events.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French conter, to relate, recount; see count.]

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