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story

noun sto·ry \ ˈstȯr-ē \

Definition of story

plural stories
1 archaic
a : history 1
b : history 3
2 a : an account of incidents or events
b : a statement regarding the facts pertinent to a situation in question
c : anecdote; especially : an amusing one
3 a : a fictional narrative shorter than a novel; specifically : short story
b : the intrigue or plot of a narrative or dramatic work
4 : a widely circulated rumor
5 : lie, falsehood
7 : a news article or broadcast

Origin and Etymology of story

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


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story

verb

Definition of story

storied; storying
transitive verb
1 archaic : to narrate or describe in story
2 : to adorn with a story or a scene from history

First Known Use of story

15th century


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story

noun \ ˈstȯr-ē \
variants: or less commonly storey

Definition of story

plural stories also storeys
1 a : the space in a building between two adjacent floor levels or between a floor and the roof
b : a set of rooms in such a space
c : a unit of measure equal to the height of the story of a building
  • one story high
2 : a horizontal division of a building's exterior not necessarily corresponding exactly with the stories within

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

Other Architecture Terms


Story

biographical name Sto·ry \ ˈstȯr-ē \

Definition of Story

Joseph 1779–1845 American jurist

Story

biographical name

Definition of Story

William Wetmore 1819–1895 son of Joseph Story American sculptor

STORY Defined for Kids

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story

noun sto·ry \ ˈstȯr-ē \

Definition of story for Students

plural stories
1 : a report about incidents or events : account
  • Let's hear your story of what happened.
2 : a short often amusing tale
  • My grandfather tells stories of his childhood.
3 : a fictional tale shorter than a novel
4 : a widely told rumor
5 : 3lie, falsehood
  • They made up a story of how the window got broken.

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story

noun sto·ry
variants: also storey \ˈstȯr-ē\

Definition of story for Students

plural stories also storeys
: a set of rooms or an area making up one floor level of a building
  • The building is 20 stories high.


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