What does narrative mean?

Definitions for narrativeˈnær ə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word narrative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrative, narration, story, tale(adj)

    a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

    "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"

  2. narrative(adj)

    consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story

    "narrative poetry"


  1. narrative(Noun)

    The systematic recitation of an event or series of events.

  2. narrative(Noun)

    That which is narrated.

  3. narrative(Adjective)

    Telling a story.

  4. narrative(Adjective)

    Being overly talkative; garrulous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narrative(adj)

    of or pertaining to narration; relating to the particulars of an event or transaction

  2. Narrative(adj)

    apt or inclined to relate stories, or to tell particulars of events; story-telling; garrulous

  3. Narrative(noun)

    that which is narrated; the recital of a story; a continuous account of the particulars of an event or transaction; a story

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. narratif.]


  1. Narrative

    A narrative is any account that presents connected events, and may be organized into various categories: non-fiction; fictionalized accounts of historical events; and fiction proper. Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity and art, including speech, writing, songs, film, television, video games, photography, theatre, and visual arts such as painting that describes a sequence of events. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, "to tell", and is related to the adjective gnarus, "knowing" or "skilled". The word "story" may be used as a synonym of "narrative". It can also be used to refer to the sequence of events described in a narrative. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by unreliable narrator typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'narrative' in Nouns Frequency: #2656


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of narrative in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of narrative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Green Street Sullivan:

    The hotel REIT doesn't fit the narrative.

  2. Al Yellon:

    People blame him because it's an easy narrative.

  3. The President daughter-in-law:

    I know that there is another narrative that people suggest out there.

  4. Alexis Templeton:

    I feel he was trying to run the narrative that protesters were dangerous.

  5. Jim Jordan:

    Where did the false narrative start? It started with you, Madam Secretary.

Images & Illustrations of narrative

  1. narrativenarrativenarrative

Translations for narrative

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • narrativa, narratiu, narracióCatalan, Valencian
  • narativní, vyprávěcí, narace, vyprávěníCzech
  • fortællende, berettendeDanish
  • Darstellung, erzählerisch, in erzählender Form darlegend, erzählend, ErzählungGerman
  • αφήγημαGreek
  • narrativo, narrativa, narraciónSpanish
  • jutustusEstonian
  • kertova, vuolassanainen, kertomus, selostusFinnish
  • narratif, récitFrench
  • narratívaHungarian
  • ceritaIndonesian
  • descrizioneItalian
  • הנרטיבHebrew
  • 物語Japanese
  • រឿងតំណាល, និទានកថាKhmer
  • 설화Korean
  • stāsts, stāstījums, stāstīšanaLatvian
  • verslag, verhalend, verhaal, vertelde, vertelling, breedsprakig, spraakzaamDutch
  • narrativaPortuguese
  • повествование, болтливый, повествовательный, разговорчивый, рассказ, историяRussian

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