ghost story


: a story about ghosts
: a tale based on imagination rather than fact

Examples of ghost story in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the mood for some celebrity hauntings and ghost stories this Halloween? Lydia Price, Peoplemag, 22 Oct. 2023 In the decades since, there have been rumors and ghost stories but no conclusive evidence about their fate. Longreads, 8 Sep. 2023 Other autumn happenings: jug band music, a hoedown and ghost stories. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 For Halloween, some D.C. ghost stories that will chill you to your marrow. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2023 Make a hit in the genre, and you’re all but guaranteed a slew of sequels that follow a tight formula: slasher films where a monstrous force stalks the youth, ghost stories set in creepy houses. David Sims, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2023 In another scene from the film, Imperioli tells a personal ghost story from the Chelsea Hotel. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 6 Sep. 2023 Based on a Japanese ghost story, the delicate drama was arguably the sleeper of the festival. Lisa Kennedy, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 The monster reappears four years later, as Mary struggles to come up with a ghost story. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ghost story was in 1730

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“Ghost story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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