Story definition

stôrē
To decorate with scenes representing historical or legendary events.
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An account or recital of an event or a series of events, either true or fictitious, as:
  • An account or report regarding the facts of an event or group of events.
    The witness changed her story under questioning.
  • An anecdote.
    Came back from the trip with some good stories.
  • A lie.
    Told us a story about the dog eating the cookies.
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A news article or broadcast.
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Romantic legend or tradition.

A hero known to us in story.

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Something viewed as or providing material for a literary or journalistic treatment.
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The telling of a happening or connected series of happenings, whether true or fictitious; account; narration.
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A complete horizontal division of a building, constituting the area between two adjacent levels.
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The background information regarding something.

What's the story on these unpaid bills?

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The plot of a narrative or dramatic work.
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(archaic) To tell as a story.
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An anecdote or joke.
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The plot of a novel, play, film, etc.
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A sequence of real or fictional events; or, an account of such a sequence.

The book tells the story of two roommates.

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(archaic) To tell the story of.
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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.

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A usually fictional prose or verse narrative intended to interest or amuse the hearer or reader; a tale.
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A fictional composition in prose or poetry, shorter than a novel; narrative; tale; specif.,
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A report or rumor.
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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.

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(informal) A falsehood or fib.
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A news event or a report of it.
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(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?

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To decorate with paintings, etc. representing scenes from history or legend.
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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.

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All the rooms on the same level of a building.
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Any horizontal section or division.
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(person) 1779-1845; associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1811-45)
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A lie.

You've been telling stories again, haven't you?

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(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.

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(US, colloquial, usually pluralized) A soap opera.

What will she do without being able to watch her stories?

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To tell as a story; to relate or narrate about.
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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.

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A short story.
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The set of rooms on the same level of a building.
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Romantic legend or history.
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The form of literature represented by such compositions.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
story
Plural:
stories

Origin of story

  • Middle English storie, story from Medieval Latin historia picture, story (probably from painted windows or sculpture on the front of buildings) from Latin history history

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English storie from Old French estorie, estoire from Latin historia history

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman estorie, from Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historia, “history"). Compare history and storey (“floor of a building").

    From Wiktionary