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story1

[stawr-ee, stohr-ee] /ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i/
noun, plural stories.
1.
a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
2.
a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
3.
such narratives or tales as a branch of literature:
song and story.
4.
the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.:
The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
5.
a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
6.
a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration:
the story of medicine; the story of his life.
7.
a report or account of a matter; statement or allegation:
The story goes that he rejected the offer.
9.
a lie or fabrication:
What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
10.
Obsolete, history.
verb (used with object), storied, storying.
11.
to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
12.
Obsolete. to tell the history or story of.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English storie < Anglo-French estorie < Latin historia history
Related forms
storyless, adjective
Synonyms
1. legend, fable, romance; anecdote, record, history, chronicle. 5. recital. 7. description.

story2

[stawr-ee, stohr-ee] /ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i/
noun, plural stories.
1.
a complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
2.
the set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
3.
any major horizontal architectural division, as of a façade or the wall of a nave.
4.
a layer.
Also, especially British, storey.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English storie < Anglo-Latin historia picture decorating a building, a part of the building so decorated, hence floor, story < Latin historia history
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Examples from the web for stories
  • With a few special stories, though, that feeling spreads to a magazine's whole editorial staff.
  • Also take a look at our stories on natives in past issues.
  • We can't possibly take any more chickens, no matter how improbably compelling their stories are.
  • Complete collections of writers' stories are risky propositions.
  • History tells the stories of people, and so do portraits.
  • The main entries for individual plants include common names, habitat and descriptions as well as stories from history.
  • They want to find artifacts that tell stories about what happened on that land a long time ago, and they're striking pay dirt.
  • Another looks at stories told in the wake of the financial crisis and the need to re-cast new heroes and villains.
  • The newspapers run stories about small businesspeople falling prey to loan sharks.
  • People use different words with different frequencies when they are telling stories, as compared with other forms of discourse.
British Dictionary definitions for stories

story1

/ˈstɔːrɪ/
noun (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
verb (transitive) -ries, -rying, -ried
11.
to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French estorie, from Latin historia; see history

story2

/ˈstɔːrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
another spelling (esp US) of storey
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Word Origin and History for stories

story

n.

"account of some happening," early 13c., "narrative of important events or celebrated persons of the past," from Old French estorie, from Late Latin storia and Latin 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-Latin historia "floor of a building" (c.1200), also "picture," from Latin 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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Slang definitions & phrases for stories
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with stories
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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