- Story is a tale that is made up for entertainment or a retelling of something that occurred or a piece of gossip that is being spread.
- An example of a story is Jane Eyre.
- An example of a story is the information you give to the police about the robbery you witnessed.
- An example of a story is when you tell everyone you saw your neighbor stealing.
- The definition of a story is a single floor of a multi-floor building.
An example of a story is the first floor of a two-story house.
- the telling of a happening or connected series of happenings, whether true or fictitious; account; narration
- an anecdote or joke
- a fictitious literary composition in prose or poetry, shorter than a novel; narrative; tale; specif., short story
- the form of literature represented by such compositions
- the plot of a novel, play, film, etc.
- a report or rumor
- Informal a falsehood or fib
- romantic legend or history
- a news event or a report of it
- Informal the pertinent facts or circumstances relating to a particular person, situation, etc., esp. such facts not widely known or previously revealed: what's his story? what's the story on your firing?
- Informal the situation with regard to the subject being discussed; the aggregate of facts or circumstances involved: what's the story on the hostages?
Origin: Middle English storie from Old French estoire from Classical Latin historia: see history
- a section or horizontal division of a building, extending from the floor to the ceiling or roof lying directly above it; floor: a hotel ten stories high
- all the rooms on the same level of a building
- any horizontal section or division
Origin: Middle English from Midieval Latin historia, a picture (from L: see history): probably from use of “storied” windows or friezes marking the outside of different floors
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noun pl. sto·ries
- An account or recital of an event or a series of events, either true or fictitious, as:a. An account or report regarding the facts of an event or group of events: The witness changed her story under questioning.b. An anecdote: came back from the trip with some good stories.c. A lie: told us a story about the dog eating the cookies.
- a. A usually fictional prose or verse narrative intended to interest or amuse the hearer or reader; a tale.b. A short story.
- The plot of a narrative or dramatic work.
- A news article or broadcast.
- Something viewed as or providing material for a literary or journalistic treatment: “He was colorful, he was charismatic, he was controversial, he was a good story” (Terry Ann Knopf).
- The background information regarding something: What's the story on these unpaid bills?
- Romantic legend or tradition: a hero known to us in story.
- To decorate with scenes representing historical or legendary events.
- Archaic To tell as a story.
Origin: Middle English storie, from Old French estorie, estoire, from Latin historia; see history.
noun pl. sto·ries
- A complete horizontal division of a building, constituting the area between two adjacent levels.
- The set of rooms on the same level of a building.
Origin: Middle English storie, story, from Medieval Latin historia, picture, story (probably from painted windows or sculpture on the front of buildings), from Latin, history; see history.