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1 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" [syn: narrative, narration, tale]
2 a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
3 structure consisting of a room or set of rooms comprising a single level of a multilevel building; "what level is the office on?" [syn: floor, level, storey]
4 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" [syn: history, account, chronicle]
5 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" [syn: report, news report, account, write up]
6 a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?" [syn: fib, tale, tarradiddle, taradiddle] [also: storied]

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From etyl xno estorie, from etyl la historia, from etyl grc ἱστορία. Compare history.



  1. An account of real or fictional events.
    The book tells the story of two roommates.
  2. A lie.
    You’ve been telling stories again, haven’t you?
  3. A floor or level of a building (mainly US - see storey).
    Our shop was on the fourth story of the building — we had to install an elevator.



account of events
See lie
level of a building

Extensive Definition

Story can mean:

Description of a sequence of events

  • For the description of a sequence of events, commonly called a story, see narrative
    • Short story or a novella
    • Bedtime story, an entertaining or instructive, soporific, and often extemporaneous tale for a child
  • Organization story, in organization studies, is fragmented, collectively enacted, and co-constructed
  • User story is a way of illustrating software requirements, often used in extreme programming
  • Soap opera, in older and/or rural American slang, usually said in the plural, (e.g., "I'll talk to you later; my stories are on.")

Other uses

story in German: Story
story in Dutch: Story
story in Simple English: Story
story in Sranan Tongo: Stori

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Clio, Muse of history, account, action, adventures, alibi, allegation, allegory, anagnorisis, anecdotage, anecdote, angle, annals, architectonics, architecture, argument, article, assertion, atmosphere, autobiography, back-fence gossip, background, band, beat, bed, bedding, belly laugh, belt, biographical sketch, biography, blague, blue story, book, budget of news, case history, catastrophe, characterization, chitchat, chronicle, chronicles, chronology, clerestory, cock-and-bull story, color, complication, confabulation, confessions, contention, continuity, contrivance, copy, couche, course, curriculum vitae, deck, denouement, description, design, detective story, development, device, diary, dirty joke, dirty story, dispatch, double entendre, entresol, epic, episode, epos, ethnic joke, exaggeration, exclusive, excuse, experiences, fable, fabliau, fabrication, facts, fairy, fairy tale, falling action, falsehood, falsity, farfetched story, farrago, feature, fib, fiction, first floor, fish story, flam, flat, flimflam, floor, folktale, fortunes, fun, funny story, gag, gallery, gest, ghost story, gimmick, good one, good story, gossip, gossiping, gossipmongering, gossipry, ground floor, groundless rumor, hagiography, hagiology, half-truth, historiography, history, howler, idle talk, incident, information, item, jape, jest, jestbook, joke, journal, laugh, layer, ledge, legal fiction, legend, level, lie, life, life and letters, life story, line, little white lie, local color, martyrology, measures, memoir, memoirs, memorabilia, memorial, memorials, mendacity, mezzanine, mezzanine floor, mood, motif, movement, mystery, myth, mythos, narration, narrative, necrology, news, news item, newsmongering, obituary, overlayer, overstory, panic, parable, peripeteia, photobiography, piece, piece of gossip, pious fiction, plan, play, plot, point, prevarication, profile, recital, recognition, record, recounting, release, report, representation, resume, rez-de-chaussee, rib tickler, riot, rising action, romance, saga, scenario, scheme, scoop, scream, seam, secondary plot, shelf, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, slant, slight stretching, sport, spot news, stage, statement, step, stratum, street floor, structure, subject, subplot, substratum, summary, superstratum, switch, tale, talebearing, taletelling, talk, tall story, tall tale, taradiddle, tattle, testimony, thematic development, theme, theory of history, thickness, thriller, tidings, tier, tittle-tattle, tone, topic, topsoil, trumped-up story, twist, underlayer, understory, understratum, untruth, version, visual joke, wheeze, white lie, whodunit, wow, yarn, zone
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