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story

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noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story

plural stories

  1. 1 archaic a :  history 1b :  history 3

  2. 2a :  an account of incidents or eventsb :  a statement regarding the facts pertinent to a situation in questionc :  anecdote; especially :  an amusing one

  3. 3a :  a fictional narrative shorter than a novel; specifically :  short storyb :  the intrigue or plot of a narrative or dramatic work

  4. 4 :  a widely circulated rumor

  5. 5 :  lie, falsehood

  6. 6 :  legend, romance

  7. 7 :  a news article or broadcast

  8. 8 :  matter, situation



Origin of story

Middle English storie, from Anglo-French estoire, estorie, from Latin historia — more at history


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with story


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story

transitive verb sto·ry

Definition of story

sto·riedsto·ry·ing

  1. 1 archaic :  to narrate or describe in story

  2. 2 :  to adorn with a story or a scene from history



15th Century

First Known Use of story

15th century


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story

noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story

plural stories also storeys

  1. 1a :  the space in a building between two adjacent floor levels or between a floor and the roofb :  a set of rooms in such a spacec :  a unit of measure equal to the height of the story of a building <one story high>

  2. 2 :  a horizontal division of a building's exterior not necessarily corresponding exactly with the stories within



Variants of story

also sto·rey play \ˈstȯr-ē\

Origin of story

Middle English storie, from Medieval Latin historia narrative, illustration, story of a building, from Latin, history, tale; probably from narrative friezes on the window level of medieval buildings


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms


Story

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biographical name Sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of Story

  1. Joseph 1779–1845 Am. jurist




Story

biographical name sto·ry

Definition of Story

  1. William Wetmore 1819–1895 son of prec. Am. sculptor





STORY Defined for Kids

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story

play
noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story

plural sto·ries

  1. 1 :  a report about incidents or events :  account <Let's hear your story of what happened.>

  2. 2 :  a short often amusing tale <My grandfather tells stories of his childhood.>

  3. 3 :  a fictional tale shorter than a novel

  4. 4 :  a widely told rumor

  5. 5 :  3lie, falsehood <They made up a story of how the window got broken.>




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story

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noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story

plural sto·ries also sto·reys

  1. :  a set of rooms or an area making up one floor level of a building <The building is 20 stories high.>



Variants of story

also sto·rey \ˈstȯr-ē\


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