What does the word fable mean?

Usage examples for fable

  1. Few readers, I fancy, care a copper for his fable, or very much for his characters, except for the mere moment when they move in the page; but his descriptions of sky and sea linger in the mind like things actually seen. – My Contemporaries In Fiction by David Christie Murray
  2. Geographical position, splendour of natural scenery, immortal fable, and romantic history, had combined to throw a spell over that region. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. The old tale of fires being caused by two branches of a dead tree rubbing against each other is, of course, a fable. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler