Meaning of “cautionary tale” in the English Dictionary

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"cautionary tale" in British English

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cautionary talenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɔː.ʃən.ər.i ˈteɪl/ us /ˌkɑː.ʃən.er.i ˈteɪl/

a story that gives a warning:

Her story is a cautionary tale for women travelling alone.

(Definition of “cautionary tale” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)