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short story

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noun
  1. a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words.
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Origin of short story

First recorded in 1885–90
Related formsshort-sto·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for short story

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  • Finally the present day dawned and with it what we call the short-story.

    The Short-story

    William Patterson Atkinson

  • You and your agony are to the chance acquaintance a short-story, not a serial.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery

    Rebecca N. Porter

  • His, too, was the short-story route to fame, and Iowa was his field.

  • Many of her admirers hold that the short-story is her especial forte.

  • Honestly, it is but a dog's life, that of the short-story writer.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for short story

short story

noun
  1. a prose narrative of shorter length than the novel, esp one that concentrates on a single theme
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