What does story mean?

Definitions for story
ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr isto·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word story.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrative, narration, story, talenoun

    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. storynoun

    a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events

    "he writes stories for the magazines"

  3. floor, level, storey, storynoun

    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, storynoun

    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 upnoun

    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, taradiddlenoun

    a trivial lie

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


  1. storynoun

    An account of real or fictional events.

    The book tells the story of two roommates.

  2. storynoun

    A lie.

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

  3. storynoun

    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. storynoun

    A soap opera.

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

  5. storynoun


  6. storynoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STORYnoun

    Etymology: stœr , Saxon; storie, Dutch; storia, Italian; ἱστοϱία.

    The fable of the dividing of the world between the three sons of Saturn, arose from the true story of the dividing of the earth between the three brethren the sons of Noah. Walter Raleigh.

    Thee I have heard relating what was done
    Ere my remembrance: now hear me relate
    My story which perhaps thou hast not heard. John Milton.

    To king Artaxerxes, thy servants Rathumnus the story-writer, and Smellius the scribe. 1 Esdr. ii. 17.

    The four great monarchies make the subject of ancient story, and are related by the Greek and Latin authors. William Temple.

    Governments that once made such a noise, as founded upon the deepest counsels and the strongest force; yet by some slight miscarriage which let in ruin upon them, are now so utterly extinct, that nothing remains of them but a name; nor are there the least traces of them to be found but only in story. Robert South, Sermons.

    In the road between Bern and Soleurre, a monument erected by the republick of Bern, tells us the story of an Englishman not to be met with in any of our own writers. Addison.

    These flaws and starts, would well become
    A woman’s story at a winter’s fire,
    Authoris’d by her grandame. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This scene had some bold Greek or British bard
    Beheld of old, what stories had we heard
    Of fairies, satyrs, and the nymphs their dames,
    Their feasts, their revels, and their am’rous flames. John Denham.

    My maid left on the table one of her story-books, which I found full of strange impertinence, of poor servants who came to be ladies. Jonathan Swift.

    Avoid enormous heights of seven stories, as well as irregular forms, and the contrary fault of low distended fronts. Henry Wotton.

    Sonnets or elegies to Chloris,
    Might raise a house about two stories;
    A lyrick ode wou’d slate; a catch
    Would tile; an epigram would thatch. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Storyverb

    Etymology: from the noun

    How worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    ’Tis not vain or fabulous
    What the sage poets, taught by th’ heav’nly muse,
    Story’d of old in high immortal verse,
    Of dire chimera’s and enchanted isles,
    And rifted rocks; whose entrance leads to hell. John Milton.

    It is storied of the brazen Colossus, in the island of Rhodes, that it was seventy cubits high; the thumbs of it being so big, that no man could grasp one of them about with both his arms. John Wilkins.

    Recite them, nor in erring pity fear,
    To wound with storied griefs the filial ear. Alexander Pope.

    Because all the parts of an undisturbed fluid are of equal gravity, or gradually placed or storied according to the difference of it; any concretion that can be supposed to be naturally and mechanically made in such a fluid, must have a like structure of its several parts; that is, either be all over of a similar gravity, or have the more ponderous parts nearer to its basis. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. Story

    "The Story is a song released as a single by American folk rock singer Brandi Carlile, written by Phil Hanseroth, from her 2007 album The Story. It was featured in Grey's Anatomy in 2007 and is on Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack album 3 (released September 11). About four years later, a version of the song has been recorded by Grey's Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez and was first presented in the 2011 episode "Song Beneath the Song". The track was later covered by LeAnn Rimes for her Remnants album and by Dolly Parton for the charity tribute album Cover Stories.


  1. story

    A story is a narrative or sequence of events, real or fictional, that is crafted to entertain, inform, or convey a message. It typically involves characters, a setting, and a plot with a beginning, middle, and end. A story often explores themes, emotions, and conflicts, engaging the reader or listener and invoking their imagination and empathy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Storyverb

    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. Storynoun

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

  3. Storynoun

    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. Storynoun

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

  5. Storyverb

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

  6. Etymology: [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.]

Suggested Resources

  1. Story

    Story vs. Storey -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Story and Storey.

  2. Story

    Storey vs. Story -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Storey and Story.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STORY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Story is ranked #1867 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Story surname appeared 19,218 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Story.

    83.2% or 16,003 total occurrences were White.
    11.4% or 2,195 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 490 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 334 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 121 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 73 total occurrences were Asian.

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

  2. tyros

  3. stroy

  4. sorty

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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. Ursula K. Le Guin:

    The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.

  3. Adam Mosseri:

    The issue of fake news on Facebook has been a hot topic for months, particularly during the recent U.S. presidential election. In one hoax article, for example, Pope Francis was falsely reported to have endorsed Donald Trump. FACEBOOK's' FAKE NEWS' HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA REVAMP, EXPERTS SAY Facebook’s Trending Topics section also fell prey to some high-profile fake stories after the social network implemented an algorithmic feed this summer. These included a false article that Fox News had fired anchor Megyn Kelly and a hoax article about the Sept. 11 attacks. On another occasion a seemingly innocent hashtag that appeared in Trending Topics linked to an inappropriate video. The social network announced Thursday that it will make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, which they can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post. If enough people report a story as fake, Facebook will pass it to third-party fact-checking organizations that are part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network. Five fact-checking and news organizations are working with the company on this : The Associated Press, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes. Facebook says this group is likely to expand. FACEBOOK BLOCKS CAR INSURER FROM PROFILING USERS In his blog post, Adam Mosseri explained that if the fact-checking organizations identify a story as a fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to a corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed, he added. While users will still be able to share these stories, they will receive a warning that the story has been disputed. Additionally, once a story is flagged, it can not be made into an ad and promoted, according to Facebook. The Menlo Park, California-based firm will also be looking for signs that a story has misled people in some way, such as instances where people are significantly less likely to share a story after reading it. FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES FUME AFTER PUSH TO CENSOR TRUMP POSTS REBUFFED Facebook, which gave a preview of its anti-fake news strategy last month, is also looking to disrupt financial incentives for spammers. On the buying side we’ve eliminated the ability to spoof domains, which will reduce the prevalence of sites that pretend to be real publications.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    My family story is a story very similar to many people who are here tonight, and that story is the story of America.

  5. Penn Jillette:

    Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision.

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