war story

noun
Updated on: 2 May 2018

Definition of war story

: a story of a memorable personal experience typically involving an element of danger, hardship, or adventure
  • politicians swapping war stories from past campaigns

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Examples of war story in a Sentence

  1. He liked to tell war stories from his life as a sea captain.

  2. We exchanged war stories about our time as interns at the same company.

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Did You Know?

People have been telling stories about real wars since long before Washington Irving wrote the following in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: "folks . . . sat smoking at one end of the piazza, . . . drawing out long stories about the war." But today tellers of "war stories" need not have experienced a literal battlefield. Around the middle of the 19th century, "war story" took on a more figurative meaning, and nowadays such accounts can encompass challenges in the workplace, on the campaign trail, in sports, in one's travels . . . wherever difficulties need to be overcome.

First Known Use of war story

1970

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WAR STORY Defined for English Language Learners

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  • : a story of a personal experience that usually involves danger, struggle, or adventure


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