story


1sto·ry

noun \ˈstr-ē\
plural stories

Definition of STORY

1
archaic
a :  history 1
b :  history 3
2
a :  an account of incidents or events
b :  a statement regarding the facts pertinent to a situation in question
c :  anecdote; especially :  an amusing one
3
a :  a fictional narrative shorter than a novel; specifically :  short story
b :  the intrigue or plot of a narrative or dramatic work
4
:  a widely circulated rumor
5
:  lie, falsehood
6
7
:  a news article or broadcast

Origin of STORY

Middle English storie, from Anglo-French estoire, estorie, from Latin historia — more at history
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

2story

transitive verb
sto·riedsto·ry·ing

Definition of STORY

1
archaic :  to narrate or describe in story
2
:  to adorn with a story or a scene from history

First Known Use of STORY

15th century

3story

noun \ˈstr-ē\
plural stories also storeys

Definition of STORY

1
a :  the space in a building between two adjacent floor levels or between a floor and the roof
b :  a set of rooms in such a space
c :  a unit of measure equal to the height of the story of a building <one story high>
2
:  a horizontal division of a building's exterior not necessarily corresponding exactly with the stories within

Variants of STORY

story also sto·rey \ˈstr-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

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Sto·ry

biographical name \ˈstr-ē\

Definition of STORY

Joseph 1779–1845 Am. jurist

Story

biographical name

Definition of STORY

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

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