Definitions

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

  • noun A simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A comparison; similitude.
  • noun Specifically An allegorical relation or representation from which a moral is drawn for instruction; an apologue.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Procurable.
  • transitive verb rare To represent by parable.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral) by comparison or analogy
  • verb transitive To represent by parable.
  • adjective obsolete That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a short moral story (often with animal characters)
  • noun (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parabola, from Greek parabolē, from paraballein, to compare : para-, beside; see para– + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French (=modern) parabole, from Late Latin parabola, from Ancient Greek παραβολή (parabolē, "putting aside").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin parābilis, from parāre ("to prepare, procure").

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