j story

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story1 (ˈstɔːrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a narration of a chain of events told or written in prose or verse
2.  Also called: short story a piece of fiction, briefer and usually less detailed than a novel
3.  Also called: story line the plot of a book, film, etc
4.  an event that could be the subject of a narrative
5.  a report or statement on a matter or event
6.  the event or material for such a report
7.  informal a lie, fib, or untruth
8.  cut a long story short, make a long story short to leave out details in a narration
9.  informal the same old story the familiar or regular course of events
10.  the story goes it is commonly said or believed
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
11.  to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
[C13: from Anglo-French estorie, from Latin historia; see history]

story2 (ˈstɔːrɪ)
n , pl -ries
another spelling (esp US) of storey

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Word Origin & History

"account of some happening," early 13c., "narrative of important events or celebrated persons of the past," from O.Fr. estorie, from L.L. storia and L. historia "history, account, tale, story" (see history). Meaning "recital of true events" first recorded late 14c.; sense
of "narrative of fictitious events meant to entertain" is from c.1500. Not differentiated from history till 1500s. As a euphemism for "a lie" it dates from 1690s. Meaning "newspaper article" is from 1892. Story-teller is from 1709. Story-line first attested 1941. That's another story "that requires different treatment" is attested from 1818. Story of my life "sad truth" first recorded 1938.

"floor of a building," c.1400, from Anglo-L. historia "floor of a building" (c.1200), also "picture," from L. historia (see history). Perhaps so called because the fronts of buildings in the Middle Ages often were decorated with rows of painted windows.
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