storyline

noun

sto·​ryline ˈstȯr-ē-ˌlīn How to pronounce storyline (audio)
variants or less commonly story line
plural storylines also story lines
1
: a plotline of a story, drama, or game
HBO's Insecure has been an exquisite platform of compelling, nuanced, mature storylines for Black TV comedy during its run.Matthew Allen
Pointless, menial objectives in a game distract from the main storyline and dilute the impact of more fun, engrossing missions.Teddy Amenabar
The two story lines, each with its own compelling view of love, coalesce in a dramatic and surprising ending.Martha Toll
also : story sense 1a
I've long wondered how the brain fits such unexpected sounds so smoothly and adroitly into dreams. The suggestion that the brain always brings phenomena to awareness a split second after they actually occur—in order to construct a plausible storyline for their appearance—offers a possible answer. Robert Levy
2
: a matter of particular importance, concern, or interest to an audience
used especially in sports
The main storyline for the Timberwolves is the addition of three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.Tyler Schmidt
The fact Ovechkin has brought the impossible record within reach changes the way you watch the game. … Because Gretzky's goal total is the ultimate individual record in the sport, the chase trumps every other storyline surrounding this team from now until Ovechkin gets there.J. J. Regan
often : one that is evolving or developing
The offensive line is a major storyline to watch throughout training camp and the preseason, especially considering there's a new quarterback under center for the fifth consecutive season. Kevin Hickey

Examples of storyline in a Sentence

the story line is clumsily interrupted several times to provide some much-needed background information
Recent Examples on the Web The second episode is really the start of the new storylines — and there is a bit of a time gap in between. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 The storyline takes the role of a medium format film from the artist's personal archive as a starting point. Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 This film will mark the beginning of a fresh storyline in the juggernaut series, which has spanned three decades. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 There’s certainly no shortage of storylines as Opening Night arrives. Scott Chasen, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 The first Creed movie was powerful, introducing the new storyline and shining a light on this young Black boxer. Kimanzi Constable, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 The plot behind the brand new storyline pits Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange against villains Nebula, Loki and the Green Goblin. Willie Clark, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Creator Dan Erickson moves the storyline in bold directions and gives juicy roles to Scott and others in the cast, including Patricia Arquette as the by-the-book head of HR and Mark’s co-workers, played by Britt Lower and Zach Cherry. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 The whole storyline about Purdy not being able to come from behind? Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of storyline was in 1906

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“Storyline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/storyline. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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