A comparison; a similitude; specifically, a short fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or nature, by means of which a moral is drawn; as, the parables of Christ.
In its broad meaning, any sort of figurative speech, from similes and analogies to prophetic oracles to extended narrative metaphors. In a more restricted sense, used of short stories told by Jesus.
A story designed to suggest a principle, illustrate a moral, or answer a question. Parables are allegorical stories.