[ stawr-ee, stohr-ee ]
/ ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i /

noun, plural sto·reys. Chiefly British.

Nearby words

  1. storekeeper,
  2. storeroom,
  3. stores,
  4. stores ledger,
  5. storewide,
  6. storey house,
  7. storeyed,
  8. storiated,
  9. storied,
  10. storiform


[ stawr-ee, stohr-ee ]
/ ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i /

noun, plural sto·ries.

a complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
the set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
any major horizontal architectural division, as of a façade or the wall of a nave.
a layer.
Also especially British, sto·rey.

Origin of story

1350–1400; Middle English storie < Anglo-Latin historia picture decorating a building, a part of the building so decorated, hence floor, story < Latin historia history Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for storey


US story

/ (ˈstɔːrɪ) /

noun plural -reys or -ries

a floor or level of a building
a set of rooms on one level

Word Origin for storey

C14: from Anglo-Latin historia, picture, from Latin: narrative, probably arising from the pictures on medieval windows


/ (ˈstɔːrɪ) /


David (Malcolm). born 1933, British novelist and dramatist. His best-known works include the novels This Sporting Life (1960) and A Serious Man (1998) and the plays In Celebration (1969), Home (1970), and Stages (1992)


/ (ˈstɔːrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)

to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends

Word Origin for story

C13: from Anglo-French estorie, from Latin historia; see history


/ (ˈstɔːrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

another spelling (esp US) of storey
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Word Origin and History for storey
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with storey


In addition to the idiom beginning with story

  • story of my life, the

also see:

  • cock and bull story
  • cover story
  • fish story
  • hard-luck story
  • make a long story short
  • old story
  • same old story
  • shaggy dog story
  • sob story
  • upper story
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