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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 of story1
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

or (especially British) storey

[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.
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

Story

[stawr-ee, stohr-ee] /ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i/
noun
1.
Joseph, 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.
2.
William Wetmore
[wet-mawr,, -mohr] /ˈwɛtˌmɔr,, -ˌmoʊr/ (Show IPA),
1819–95, U.S. sculptor and poet.
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Examples from the Web for story
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  • Each had her own story to tell, and each must wait till he should be there to hear it.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • He recalled the story Uncle Peter had told at the Oldakers' about the woman and her hair.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Papa said yesterday I must tell a story, and I have one all ready.

  • So far, the story of ancient man has been the record of a wonderful achievement.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • This story must take its place as one of the best dozen stories of the war.

British Dictionary definitions for story

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 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 story

store

Related Terms

buddy store, mind the store

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Idioms and Phrases with story
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