short story

noun
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of 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

  1. her very first short story was accepted for publication in a local journal

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First Known Use of short story

1877

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Definition of short story for English Language Learners

  • : a short written story usually dealing with few characters : a short work of fiction



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