[ ree-tel-ing ]
/ riˈtɛl ɪŋ /


a new, and often updated or retranslated, version of a story.


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Origin of retelling

First recorded in 1635–45; re- + tell1 + -ing1

Definition for retelling (2 of 2)

[ ree-tel ]
/ riˈtɛl /

verb (used with object), re·told [ree-tohld] /riˈtoʊld/, re·tell·ing.

to tell (a story, tale, etc.) over again or in a new way: It’s Sleeping Beauty retold with a different twist.

Origin of retell Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for retelling

/ (riːˈtɛl) /

verb -tells, -telling or -told (tr)

to relate (a story, etc) again or differently
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