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story

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noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story

plural

stories

  1. 1 archaic a :  history 1b :  history 3

  2. 2a :  an account of incidents or eventsb :  a statement regarding the facts pertinent to a situation in questionc :  anecdote; especially :  an amusing one

  3. 3a :  a fictional narrative shorter than a novel; specifically :  short storyb :  the intrigue or plot of a narrative or dramatic work

  4. 4 :  a widely circulated rumor

  5. 5 :  lie, falsehood

  6. 6 :  legend, romance

  7. 7 :  a news article or broadcast

  8. 8 :  matter, situation

Origin and Etymology of story

Middle English storie, from Anglo-French estoire, estorie, from Latin historia — more at history


First Known Use: 13th century


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story

transitive verb sto·ry

Definition of story

storied

storying

  1. 1 archaic :  to narrate or describe in story

  2. 2 :  to adorn with a story or a scene from history

15th Century

First Known Use of story

15th century


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story

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noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story

plural

stories

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storeys

  1. 1a :  the space in a building between two adjacent floor levels or between a floor and the roofb :  a set of rooms in such a spacec :  a unit of measure equal to the height of the story of a building <one story high>

  2. 2 :  a horizontal division of a building's exterior not necessarily corresponding exactly with the stories within

Variants of story

less commonly

storey

Origin and Etymology of story

Middle English storie, from Medieval Latin historia narrative, illustration, story of a building, from Latin, history, tale; probably from narrative friezes on the window level of medieval buildings


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms


Story

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biographical name Sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of Story

  1. Joseph 1779–1845 Am. jurist


Story

biographical name sto·ry

Definition of Story

  1. William Wetmore 1819–1895 son of prec. Am. sculptor



STORY Defined for Kids

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story

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noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story for Students

plural

stories

  1. 1 :  a report about incidents or events :  account <Let's hear your story of what happened.>

  2. 2 :  a short often amusing tale <My grandfather tells stories of his childhood.>

  3. 3 :  a fictional tale shorter than a novel

  4. 4 :  a widely told rumor

  5. 5 :  3lie, falsehood <They made up a story of how the window got broken.>


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story

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noun sto·ry \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story for Students

plural

stories

also

storeys

  1. :  a set of rooms or an area making up one floor level of a building <The building is 20 stories high.>

Variants of story

also

storey

\ˈstȯr-ē\


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