What does story mean?

Definitions for story
ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr isto·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    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. story(noun)

    a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events

    "he writes stories for the magazines"

  3. floor, level, storey, story(noun)

    a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

    "what level is the office on?"

  4. history, account, chronicle, story(noun)

    a record or narrative description of past events

    "a history of France"; "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; "the story of exposure to lead"

  5. report, news report, story, account, write up(noun)

    a short account of the news

    "the report of his speech"; "the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; "the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"

  6. fib, story, tale, tarradiddle, taradiddle(noun)

    a trivial lie

    "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"


  1. story(Noun)

    An account of real or fictional events.

    The book tells the story of two roommates.

  2. story(Noun)

    A lie.

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

  3. story(Noun)

    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.

  4. story(Noun)

    A soap opera.

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

  5. story(Noun)


  6. story(Noun)

    A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.

  7. Origin: From estorie, from historia, from ἱστορία. Compare history and storey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Story(verb)

    a set of rooms on the same floor or level; a floor, or the space between two floors. Also, a horizontal division of a building's exterior considered architecturally, which need not correspond exactly with the stories within

  2. Story(noun)

    a narration or recital of that which has occurred; a description of past events; a history; a statement; a record

  3. Story(noun)

    the relation of an incident or minor event; a short narrative; a tale; especially, a fictitious narrative less elaborate than a novel; a short romance

  4. Story(noun)

    a euphemism or child's word for "a lie;" a fib; as, to tell a story

  5. Story(verb)

    to tell in historical relation; to make the subject of a story; to narrate or describe in story

  6. Origin: [OF. estor, estore, built, erected, p. p. of estorer to build, restore, to store. See Store, v. t.]


  1. Story

    Story was a magazine founded in 1931 by journalist-editor Whit Burnett and his first wife, Martha Foley, in Vienna, Austria. Showcasing short stories by new authors, 67 copies of the debut issue were mimeographed in Vienna, and two years later, Story moved to New York City where Burnett and Foley created The Story Press in 1936. By the late 1930s, the circulation of Story had climbed to 21,000 copies. Authors introduced in Story included Charles Bukowski, Erskine Caldwell, John Cheever, Junot Diaz, James T. Farrell, Joseph Heller, J. D. Salinger, Tennessee Williams and Richard Wright. Other authors in the pages of Story included Ludwig Bemelmans, Carson McCullers and William Saroyan. The magazine sponsored various awards, and it held an annual college fiction contest. Burnett's second wife, Hallie Southgate Burnett, began collaborating with him in 1942. During this period, Story published the early work of Truman Capote, John Knowles and Norman Mailer. Story was briefly published in book form during the early 1950s, returning to a magazine format in 1960. Due to a lack of funds, Story folded in 1967, but it maintained its reputation through the Story College Creative Awards, which Burnett directed from 1966 to 1971.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Story

    stō′ri, n. history or narrative of incidents in their sequence: an account, report, statement: an anecdote: the plot of a novel or drama: a lie, a fib, a fictitious narrative.—v.t. to tell or describe historically, to relate: to adorn with sculptured or painted scenes from history.—v.i. to relate.—adjs. Storiā′ted, decorated with elaborate ornamental designs; Stō′ried, told or celebrated in a story: having a history: interesting from the stories belonging to it: adorned with scenes from history.—ns. Storiol′ogist, one learned in the comparative study of folk-tales; Storiol′ogy, the scientific study of folk-tales; Stō′ry-book, a book of stories or tales true or fictitious; Stō′ry-tell′er, one who relates tales, a liar; Stō′ry-tell′ing, act of relating stories: lying. [A short form of history.]

  2. Story

    Storey, stō′ri, n. a division of a house reached by one flight of stairs: a set of rooms on the same floor.—The upper story, the brain. [O. Fr. estoreeestorer—L. instaurāre, to build.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'story' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #732

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'story' in Written Corpus Frequency: #847

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'story' in Nouns Frequency: #204

Anagrams for story »

  1. ryots, tyros

  2. Ryots

  3. Tyros

How to pronounce story?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of story in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of story in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of story in a Sentence

  1. Bruce Jenner:

    I had the story.

  2. Marc Goldberg:

    Everyone has a story.

  3. Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch:

    The Jean Nidetch Story.

  4. David Mabey:

    Ghana is a success story.

  5. Doug Adolph:

    His story did not add up.

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