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

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Find out what really happened in Gibney’s compelling, very fair retelling. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Documentaries of 2019 That Are Already Changing Everything," 20 Mar. 2019 While the broad strokes of Segale's role in Mario's naming remain consistent, the particulars can change with the retelling. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Segale, namesake for Nintendo’s mascot, dies at 84," 2 Nov. 2018 Still, the basics of Punk’s retelling appeared consistent with other witnesses’ testimonies. Michael Mccann,, "What Were the Key Factors Behind CM Punk Winning His Defamation Trial?," 5 June 2018 His forthcoming counternarrative blends memoir – a retelling of his own family and tribe’s experiences — and in-depth, detailed reporting on 125 years of native history. Angela Haupt, The Seattle Times, "The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018," 7 Jan. 2019 On paper, Sierra Burgess is essentially a modern-day retelling of Edmond Rostand‘s 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "I Really Tried to Like “Sierra Burgess,” But Catfishing Isn’t Romantic — It’s Harmful," 10 Sep. 2018 From a feminist retelling of classic mythology to a troubled love story set partly in a prison, here are our favorite novels of 2018 so far. Time Staff, Time, "Best Novels of 2018 So Far," 11 June 2018 My favorite of these as of late is Cocaine and Rhinestones, a historical retelling of the biggest stories in 20th-century country-and-western music. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Of course, there are some smaller, more understated movies to get hyped about as well, like Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, a charming teen rom com starring Shannon Purser, and Lizzie, a new retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden case. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "28 Movies Everyone Will Be Talking About This Fall," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of retelling

1883, in the meaning defined above

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