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)



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  • "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