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frame story

noun
1.
a secondary story or stories embedded in the main story.
2.
a narrative providing the framework for connecting a series of otherwise unrelated stories.
3.
a literary device that uses such a narrative structure.
Also called frame narrative, frame tale.
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  • The long, many-windowed building has one brick and one frame story beneath a gabled roof.

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