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narrative

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noun nar·ra·tive \ ˈner-ə-tiv , ˈna-rə- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of narrative

1 :something that is narrated :story, account
  • He is writing a detailed narrative of his life on the island.
2 :the art or practice of narration
  • … depended not on narrative but on intensity derived from the verity to make the book jump.
  • —Stanley Kauffmann
3 :the representation in art of an event or story; also :an example of such a representation
  • the narrative of St. Joan of Arc

narratively

adverb

Recent Examples of narrative from the Web

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First Known Use of narrative

1567


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narrative

adjective

Definition of narrative

1 :having the form of a story or representing a story
  • a narrative poem
  • narrative paintings
2 :of or relating to the process of telling a story
  • the author's narrative style
  • the novel's narrative structure

Recent Examples of narrative from the Web

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First Known Use of narrative

15th century


NARRATIVE Defined for Kids

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narrative

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noun nar·ra·tive \ ˈner-ə-tiv \

Definition of narrative for Students

:something (as a story) that is told in full detail

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narrative

adjective

Definition of narrative for Students

:having the form of a story
  • a narrative poem


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