A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels: the parable of the blind men and the elephant a modern-day parable
More example sentences
- Jesus Christ sometimes used the camel in parables.
- Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.
- In each gospel some of the parables are linked explicitly to Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God.
Middle English: from Old French parabole, from an ecclesiastical Latin sense 'discourse, allegory' of Latin parabola 'comparison', from Greek parabolē (see parabola).