- a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
- a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
- such narratives or tales as a branch of literature: song and story.
- the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.: The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
- a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
- a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration: the story of medicine; the story of his life.
- a report or account of a matter; statement or allegation: The story goes that he rejected the offer.
- news story.
- a lie or fabrication: What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
- Obsolete. history.
Origin of story1
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- 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.
Origin of story2
Examples from the Web for stories
“I think the types of stories we do are very similar to what happened with hip-hop,” says Jones.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical
January 9, 2015
Petty, shade, and thirst are my favorite human “virtues” and the trifecta of any good series of “stories.”‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
All of my stories are about people trying hard not to grow up.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow
January 6, 2015
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
And there are other stories DuVernay could have told and still met her (relatively) modest budget of $20 million.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
All these stories are obviously alike, but we judge them very differently.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
And the amount of stories Mark, with all his contemplativeness could swallow, was amazing.Weighed and Wanting
All the houses were of two stories, of which the upper was open on the sides, and used for sleeping.
The sheep-dealer thought of the stories he had heard of lost or stolen children.Rico and Wiseli
All the stories of that country, like the trails, seemed to run into one another.
- a narration of a chain of events told or written in prose or verse
- Also called: short story a piece of fiction, briefer and usually less detailed than a novel
- Also called: story line the plot of a book, film, etc
- an event that could be the subject of a narrative
- a report or statement on a matter or event
- the event or material for such a report
- informal a lie, fib, or untruth
- cut a long story short or make a long story short to leave out details in a narration
- the same old story informal the familiar or regular course of events
- the story goes it is commonly said or believed
- to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
- another spelling (esp US) of storey
Word Origin and History for stories
"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.
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with stories
In addition to the idiom beginning with story
- story of my life, the
- 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