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short story

a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words.
Origin of short story
First recorded in 1885-90
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short-story, adjective Unabridged
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  • I am going to arrange for you a short story out of the long one.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • Then he went on with his short story, which, like all short stories, was a very long one.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • I felt in the mood to write a short story which I have had in my mind for some time.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • The short story has charms of its own, and makes demands of its own.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • This fight for sincerity in the short story is a fight that is worth making.

British Dictionary definitions for short story

short story

a prose narrative of shorter length than the novel, esp one that concentrates on a single theme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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