short story


a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words.

Origin of short story

First recorded in 1885–90
Related formsshort-sto·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for short story

tale, narrative, novella, account, yarn, novelette

Examples from the Web for short story

Contemporary Examples of short story

Historical Examples of short story

  • 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


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