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[stawr-ee, stohr-ee] /ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i/
Joseph, 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.
William Wetmore
[wet-mawr,, -mohr] /ˈwɛtˌmɔr,, -ˌmoʊr/ (Show IPA),
1819–95, U.S. sculptor and poet. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ries
a narration of a chain of events told or written in prose or verse
Also called short story. a piece of fiction, briefer and usually less detailed than a novel
Also called story line. the plot of a book, film, etc
an event that could be the subject of a narrative
a report or statement on a matter or event
the event or material for such a report
(informal) a lie, fib, or untruth
cut a long story short, make a long story short, to leave out details in a narration
(informal) the same old story, the familiar or regular course of events
the story goes, it is commonly said or believed
verb (transitive) -ries, -rying, -ried
to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French estorie, from Latin historia; see history


noun (pl) -ries
another spelling (esp US) of storey
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Word Origin and History for joseph story



"account of some happening," early 13c., "narrative of important events or celebrated persons of the past," from Old French estorie, from Late Latin storia and Latin historia "history, account, tale, story" (see history). Meaning "recital of true events" first recorded late 14c.; sense of "narrative of fictitious events meant to entertain" is from c.1500. Not differentiated from history till 1500s. As a euphemism for "a lie" it dates from 1690s. Meaning "newspaper article" is from 1892. Story-teller is from 1709. Story-line first attested 1941. That's another story "that requires different treatment" is attested from 1818. Story of my life "sad truth" first recorded 1938.

"floor of a building," c.1400, from Anglo-Latin historia "floor of a building" (c.1200), also "picture," from Latin historia (see history). Perhaps so called because the fronts of buildings in the Middle Ages often were decorated with rows of painted windows.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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