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storey

[stawr-ee, stohr-ee]
noun, plural sto·reys. Chiefly British.
  1. story2.
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story

2
[stawr-ee, stohr-ee]
noun, plural sto·ries.
  1. a complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
  2. the set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
  3. any major horizontal architectural division, as of a façade or the wall of a nave.
  4. a layer.
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Also especially British, sto·rey.

Origin of story

2
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
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British Dictionary definitions for storey

storey

US story

noun plural -reys or -ries
  1. a floor or level of a building
  2. a set of rooms on one level
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Word Origin for storey

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

Storey

noun
  1. 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)
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story

1
noun plural -ries
  1. a narration of a chain of events told or written in prose or verse
  2. Also called: short story a piece of fiction, briefer and usually less detailed than a novel
  3. Also called: story line the plot of a book, film, etc
  4. an event that could be the subject of a narrative
  5. a report or statement on a matter or event
  6. the event or material for such a report
  7. informal a lie, fib, or untruth
  8. cut a long story short or make a long story short to leave out details in a narration
  9. the same old story informal the familiar or regular course of events
  10. the story goes it is commonly said or believed
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verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)
  1. to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
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Word Origin for story

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

story

2
noun plural -ries
  1. another spelling (esp US) of storey
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Word Origin and History for storey

story

n.1

"account of some happening," early 13c., "narrative of important events or celebrated persons of the past," from Old French estorie, from Late Latin storia and Latin historia "history, account, tale, story" (see history). Meaning "recital of true events" first recorded late 14c.; sense of "narrative of fictitious events meant to entertain" is from c.1500. Not differentiated from history till 1500s. As a euphemism for "a lie" it dates from 1690s. Meaning "newspaper article" is from 1892. Story-teller is from 1709. Story-line first attested 1941. That's another story "that requires different treatment" is attested from 1818. Story of my life "sad truth" first recorded 1938.

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story

n.2

"floor of a building," c.1400, from Anglo-Latin historia "floor of a building" (c.1200), also "picture," from Latin historia (see history). Perhaps so called because the fronts of buildings in the Middle Ages often were decorated with rows of painted windows.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with storey

story

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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