- 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 fictional 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 not previously revealed: what's his story? what's the story on your firing?
Origin of storyMiddle English storie from Old French estoire from Classical Latin historia: see history
transitive verb-·ried, -·ry·ing
- Archaic to tell the story of
- to decorate with paintings, etc. representing scenes from history or legend
- 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 of storyMiddle English from Medieval Latin historia, a picture ( from L: see history): probably from use of “storied” windows or friezes marking the outside of different floors
- 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.
transitive verbsto·ried, sto·ry·ing, sto·ries
- To decorate with scenes representing historical or legendary events.
- Archaic To tell as a story.
Origin of storyMiddle English storie from Old French estorie, estoire from Latin historia ; see history .
- A complete horizontal division of a building, constituting the area between two adjacent floors.
- The set of rooms on the same floor of a building.
Origin of storyMiddle 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.
- A sequence of real or fictional events; or, an account of such a sequence.
- The book tells the story of two roommates.
- A lie.
- You've been telling stories again, haven't you?
- (chiefly US) A floor or level of a building; a storey.
- Our shop was on the fourth story of the building, so we had to install an elevator.
- (US, colloquial, usually pluralized) A soap opera.
- What will she do without being able to watch her stories?
- A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.
- What's the story with him?
- I tried it again; same story, no error message, nothing happened.
- (soap opera): Popularized in the 1950s, when soap operas were often billed as "continuing stories," the term "story" to describe a soap opera fell into disuse by the 21st century and is now used chiefly among older people and in rural areas. Other English-speaking countries used the term at its zenith as a "loaned" word from the United States.
(third-person singular simple present stories, present participle storying, simple past and past participle storied)