frame story


variants or frame tale
: a story told within a frame or a story constituting a frame for another story or a series of other stories

Word History


translation of German rahmenerzählung

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frame story was in 1883

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“Frame story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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