re·​tell·​ing (ˌ)rē-ˈte-liŋ How to pronounce retelling (audio)
: a new version of a story
a retelling of a Greek legend

Examples of retelling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in The Crown’s retelling of her brief romance with Dodi Fayed, the creators paint a picture of yet another of Diana’s relationships that was never given the opportunity to simply exist between two individuals. Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Nov. 2023 But along with immersing audiences in the natural beauty and cultural quirks of American Samoan culture, Waititi’s comedic retelling of the 2011 documentary of the same name serves as an introduction to another of the island nation’s legacies: its third-gender community, known as fa’afafine. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 In Oates’s retelling, Kopechne is an idealistic woman named Kelly, who spends the book suffocating in the car, which the senator has abandoned. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Years later, his opportunity to take part in the goofy retelling of the King Arthur legend came with the Spamalot revival, which began a limited run at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre in Washington, D.C., back in May. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Become a Subscriber This case might be extreme, or perhaps embellished in the retelling, but something about it feels terribly familiar in regard to the Middle East. Arash Azizi, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2023 Among his purchases was a large tract of rolling hills a few miles outside what is now Middleburg, about an hour west of D.C. Mr. Kyle, whose first name was lost in Noland’s retelling, built a brick house on a hill near an orchard, and the couple dubbed their new home Locust Lawn. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 In her breezy retelling of the origins of the 1910 insurrection, Lytle Hernández elevates the role of the intrepid anarchist leader Ricardo Flores Magón and his dissident Mexican Liberal Party. Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 Many heaped praise on the production, based on GQ’s retelling of the events. Anh Do, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retelling was in 1883

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“Retelling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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