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

These included ghost stories and opportunities for young people to meet and court each other. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018 The Haunting of Hill House offers up plenty of bone-chilling horror, but like all the best ghost stories, that horror is rooted in the complexities of the human psyche. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Haunting of Hill House," 22 Oct. 2018 In the case of The Little Stranger, the result is a ghost story that doubles as a chilling look at toxic masculinity. Aja Romano, Vox, "How The Little Stranger uses its ghost story to mask a study in toxic masculinity," 6 Sep. 2018 Although 2017 was the year of the horror film, there was at least one ghost story that wasn’t scary: this one, directed by David Lowery. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ and ‘A Ghost Story’," 8 Jan. 2018 Played with willowy fragility by Elle Fanning, Mary is an imaginative 16-year-old enamored of ghost stories and constrained by her studious father and conniving stepmother. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Author biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ is simply ordinary," 7 June 2018 When a prolonged rainy spell during an Italian villa getaway leads to Byron’s famous dare — that the company while away the time by each writing a ghost story — only Mary and the gentle amateur Dr. Polidori (Ben Hardy) actually rise to the occasion. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Mary Shelley’s monster hit," 30 May 2018 This is a Southern gothic mystery that plays out like a ghost story. refinery29.com, "Author Gillian Flynn On Women Living In Fear & Sharp Objects' Female Rage," 6 July 2018 The six bedroom, three bath mansion, now owned by 5811 Investment Group LLC and open as an art gallery, has been the subject of ghost stories for many years. Sonia Osorio, miamiherald, "The old Cuban consulate has been the subject of ghost stories. Now it can be yours.," 30 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ghost story.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ghost story

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ghost story

Share ghost story

Statistics for ghost story

Last Updated

14 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ghost story

The first known use of ghost story was in 1819

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ghost story

ghost story

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ghost story

: a frightening story about ghosts

More from Merriam-Webster on ghost story

See words that rhyme with ghost story

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ghost story

Comments on ghost story

What made you want to look up ghost story? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!