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ˈnær ə tɪvnar·ra·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrative, narration, story, taleadjective

    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. narrativeadjective

    consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story

    "narrative poetry"


  1. narrativenoun

    The systematic recitation of an event or series of events.

  2. narrativenoun

    That which is narrated.

  3. narrativeadjective

    Telling a story.

  4. narrativeadjective

    Being overly talkative; garrulous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narrativeadjective

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

  2. Narrativeadjective

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

  3. Narrativenoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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

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  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

Examples of narrative in a Sentence

  1. The MRC:

    First of all, let's get this out of the way, the bill has nothing to do with Jim Crow, anyone making that claim is trying to sell you a political narrative.

  2. Alex Piquero:

    This study was surprising because of the narrative that exists out there that National Football League has a crime problem, but the majority of National Football League players don't commit crimes. People lose sight of that.

  3. Paul Begala:

    Democrats have to make the case, the narrative has to be,' Bill Clinton's doing a horrible job for you. Bill Clinton's hurting you.'.

  4. Don Lemon:

    When you say I’m going to have a press conference, I’m inviting the media to do this, I’m going to actually go into the press room with Jen Psaki and I'm going to show up there sometimes and surprise people and guess what? I’m going to pull the nation in with my narrative, i’m going to tell them what is in the bill. I’m going to tell them what I’m selling that is going to help them … I’m not just going to sit back and expect the news media to do it for me because it’s not our job to sell the narrative … It’s not our job to sell your agenda for you.

  5. Jim Jordan:

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

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