from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medieval verse tale characterized by comic, ribald treatment of themes drawn from life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The genre of short, farcical often coarse tales written in the North of France in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the metrical tales of the Trouvères, or early poets of the north of France.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In French lit., one of the metrical tales or diversions of the trouvères, belonging mostly to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
French, from Old North French, from Old French fablel, diminutive of fable, fable; see fable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French fabliau, diminutive of fable (Wiktionary)