Definition of "fabliau" [‖Fa•bli•au]

  • A medieval verse tale characterized by comic, ribald treatment of themes drawn from life. (noun)
  • A comic, usually ribald, verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries (noun)

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Use "fabliau" in a sentence
  • "A fabliau is a brief tale, often little more than an anecdote, with a sharp sting at the end of it; frequently it was in rime; generally satiric in intent, it was full of frank gayety and of playful humor."
  • "[FN#488] The fabliau is a favourite in the East; this is the third time it has occurred with minor modifications."
  • "The second lady's trick in the fabliau is a very close parallel to the story in The Nights, vol.v. p. 96. ["