short story


: an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot

Examples of short story in a Sentence

her very first short story was accepted for publication in a local journal
Recent Examples on the Web Munro was 37 when her first short story collection was published in 1968. Annabel Gutterman, TIME, 14 May 2024 Off the court, Averill enjoys writing short stories, dabbling in music, and hosting a weekly podcast with a Polish volleyball player. David Driver, The Mercury News, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for short story 

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short story was in 1861

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“Short story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

short story

: a short work of fiction usually dealing with a few characters and a single event

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