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[ree-tel-ing] /riˈtɛl ɪŋ/
a new, and often updated or retranslated, version of a story.
Origin of retelling
1635-45; re- + tell1 + -ing1


[ree-tel] /riˈtɛl/
verb (used with object), retold [ree-tohld] /riˈtoʊld/ (Show IPA), retelling.
to tell (a story, tale, etc.) over again or in a new way:
It’s Sleeping Beauty retold with a different twist.
re- + tell1 Unabridged
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  • It's a modern tale, not a retelling, but it manages to integrate the past of the characters seamlessly.
  • Ignorance and a lie that grew wings in the retelling.
  • It's more of a challenge, imagining and creating a world, rather than retelling one.
  • So he tells a story that is not entirely true, then changes his story in the retelling.
  • The stories of train campaigning will grow with each retelling.
  • He's made a career of writing colorful stories and a hobby of retelling them.
  • Not every review sounds sparkling but two that jump out, that bring some wit to the retelling of the holiday story.
  • retelling in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of traditional happily-ever-after.
British Dictionary definitions for retelling


verb (transitive) -tells, -telling, -told
to relate (a story, etc) again or differently
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Word Origin and History for retelling



1590s, from re- "back, again" + tell (v.). Related: Retold; retelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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