short story

noun

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

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Synonyms for short story

Synonyms

narrative, novelette, novella, story, tale, yarn

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Examples of short story in a Sentence

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

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Breyer seems most inclined to make a short story long, however. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "We charted the ideological lines along which each Supreme Court justice voted," 3 July 2019 If the novel, as Stendhal famously said, is a mirror moving along a roadway, a short story might be said to be a glimpse in a rearview mirror, small and intense in concentration, capturing what is fleeting, finite. The New York Review of Books, "Joyce Carol Oates," 9 May 2019 That’s not even intrinsically in Murakami’s short story. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Steven Yeun on Burning, The Walking Dead, and changing roles for Asian-Americans," 4 Nov. 2018 Like something out of a Ray Bradbury short story, reports came this week that an Amazon Echo recorded a Portland, Ore. family’s conversations and sent them to a business colleague — without the family’s knowledge. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Amazon’s Alexa May Be Listening — But This Trick Can Stop Her," 26 May 2018 Her five novels and dozens of short stories, published at a slow and steady pace since the 1960s, circle around some of the heaviest aspects of the American experience. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 There are short stories, bits of guidance, exercises, and scientific findings. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "A book on focus, designed for the distracted, promises to spark your creativity," 2 June 2019 If a year is too long to wait, in the meantime, assuage yourself with more writing from Ahern. Roar, a book of 30 short stories, bows April 16—and is already available for preorder. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "PS, I Love You, the Bestselling Book That Inspired a Hilary Swank Movie, Is Getting a Sequel," 13 Mar. 2019 While writing short stories, Mr. Lewis worked for Harvard’s financial aid office and at WGBH-FM, and also became a milkman for the DeNormandie and Verrill dairy in Concord. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Andy Lewis, Oscar-nominated for ‘Klute’ screenplay, dies at 92," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of short story

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short story was in 1877

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short story

noun

English Language Learners Definition of short story

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

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