- The definition of a short story is a piece of fiction that has a limited number of words, only a few characters and one theme.
An example of short story is The Gift of the Magi.
short story definition by Webster's New World
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a kind of story shorter than the novel or novelette, characteristically developing a single central theme and limited in scope and number of characters
short story definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A short piece of prose fiction, having few characters and aiming at unity of effect.