frame story

variants: or frame tale

Definition of frame story

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

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First Known Use of frame story

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frame story

translation of German rahmenerzählung

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“Frame story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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