Definition of fabliau in English:

fabliau

Line breaks: fab|liau
Pronunciation: /ˈfablɪəʊ
 
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noun (plural fabliaux /-əʊz/)

  • A metrical tale, typically a bawdily humorous one, of a type found chiefly in early French poetry: one may dispute that the French fabliaux are pornographic [as modifier]: a distinctive feature of fabliau language
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    • ‘The Reeve's Tale’ is a fabliau about two clerks who are robbed by a miller of some of the meal which they take to his mill to be ground, and who take their vengeance by sleeping with the miller's wife and daughter.
    • Peasants form a large part in the parody and satire of medieval Europe from the fabliaux to plays.
    • They tell tales ranging from courtly romances full of gallant knights and maidens-in-distress to rude fabliaux telling of the perils of drink, fighting and lust!

Origin

from Old French (Picard dialect) fabliaux, plural of fablel 'short fable', diminutive of fable.

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