- 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
- Joseph,1779–1845, U.S. jurist.
- William Wet·more [wet-mawr, -mohr] /ˈwɛtˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr/, 1819–95, U.S. sculptor and poet.
Related Wordsversion, fantasy, fable, biography, information, feature, fiction, book, comedy, memoir, description, myth, autobiography, anecdote, adventure, report, article, tragedy, novel, drama
Examples from the Web for story
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
In its attempt to discredit the story, the JPO inadvertently confirmed that fact.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
And extortion makes a lot more sense before a story hits the news wire, not after.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
They were going to tell their story, consequences be damned.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
The juxtaposition planted a story of association on websites that touted both men for their talks.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
The lawyer listened with surprise to the story Robert had to tell.
They told the story of a queen who had lived to be eighty-two years old.
He recalled the story Uncle Peter had told at the Oldakers' about the woman and her hair.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
So far, the story of ancient man has been the record of a wonderful achievement.
Such was the state of things at the commencement of our story.
- 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 story
"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 story
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