Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Deal With It!" Author:Paula White pg.51

    Jesus Told the parable in which a man gave a great feast and invited many people to come in.

    November 1, 2010