ghost story

noun

Definition of ghost story

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

Examples of ghost story in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What sounds like a plot perfect for the silver screen unfolds in a daily issue of the Indianapolis Star — a ghost story that comes with receipts. Lisa Bubert, Longreads, 15 June 2022 The Dungarvon Whooper is a local ghost story about a 19th-century cook named Ryan who was robbed and murdered at a lumber camp near the Dungarvon River. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 For centuries, tales of lingering dead spirits have spooked, thrilled and terrorized us — from your typical ghost story whispered around a campfire to mythical folklore passed down from generation to generation. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 Mitchell Simkovsky’s lighting and John Fredette’s sound combine to bring spookiness to this theatrical ghost story. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2022 What's more terrifying than a ghost story inspired by true events? Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 In this eerie ghost story, a woman befriends a medium in order to connect with the spirit of her beloved grandmother. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 After winning a Pulitzer Prize for last year's The Night Watchman, inspired by the life of her grandfather, Louise Erdrich releases a follow-up that's as timely as it is unexpected: a pandemic ghost story. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 8 Nov. 2021 The show is described as a ghost story that explores loss, grief, and death through the lens of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, two dead British teenagers, and their very alive friend, Crystal Palace. Joe Otterson, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ghost story

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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Last Updated

1 Jul 2022

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“Ghost story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ghost%20story. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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