Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

narrative

play
noun nar·ra·tive \ˈner-ə-tiv, ˈna-rə-\

Simple Definition of narrative

  • : a story that is told or written

Full Definition of narrative

  1. 1 :  something that is narrated :  story, account

  2. 2 :  the art or practice of narration

  3. 3 :  the representation in art of an event or story; also :  an example of such a representation

narrative adjective
nar·ra·tive·ly adverb

Examples of narrative

  1. He is writing a detailed narrative of his life on the island.

  2. People have questioned the accuracy of his narrative.



1567

First Known Use of narrative

1567


NARRATIVE Defined for Kids

1

narrative

play
noun nar·ra·tive \ˈner-ə-tiv\

Definition of narrative

  1. :  something (as a story) that is told in full detail




2

narrative

play
adjective nar·ra·tive

Definition of narrative

  1. :  having the form of a story <a narrative poem>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up narrative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders spindrift duvet pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ