re·​tell·​ing | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈte-liŋ How to pronounce retelling (audio) \

Definition of retelling

: a new version of a story a retelling of a Greek legend

Examples of retelling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book is a highly imaginative and penetrating retelling of the legends of King Arthur of Britain. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 With each retelling, that deer will get bigger the shot distance will increase, and the temperature outside will drop a bit more. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Art of Lying," 13 Dec. 2020 Desselle-Reid was also known for her roles in the UPN series Eve (2003-2006), the 1997 retelling of Cinderella, starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, and Madea's Big Happy Family (2001). Ashley Boucher,, "Halle Berry Pays Emotional Tribute to Natalie Desselle-Reid: 'I'll Love You Forever My Sweet Friend'," 8 Dec. 2020 SeaWorld Orlando retooled its retelling of the Christmas story, reducing seating and the number of performers, who are outfitted with face coverings. Dewayne Bevil,, "Theme parks keep (but tweak) holiday events as pandemic continues," 10 Dec. 2020 Beginning in 2009, DADA has performed The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, a modern retelling of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet that serves as a showcase for the Academy's students and an annual fundraiser. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Debbie Allen spills the hot cocoa on new documentary Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker," 26 Nov. 2020 Thanks to Joe Klonowski, who saw in last week’s retelling of the Colombian Pirate League an echo of baseball’s Federal League. Rory Smith, New York Times, "There Is No Such Thing as a Bad Player," 6 Nov. 2020 Trump didn’t seem particularly shocked, according to Flynn’s own retelling of the meeting. NBC news, "Michael Flynn's firing: A lie, a leak, and then a liability," 13 Feb. 2017 Afterward, as my daughter and I ramble across the park or duck out to the outdoor café for coffee and cake, there is the usual battery of questions and the subsequent retelling of the story. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Hayao Miyazaki’s Viral Stories," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of retelling

1883, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Retelling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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