See also: Storey


Alternative formsEdit


From Middle English story, from Medieval Latin historia (narrative), from Latin, possibly from narratives painted on medieval buildings.

An alternative etymology derives Middle English story from Old French *estoree (a thing built, building), from estoree (built), feminine past participle of estorer (to build), from Latin instaurare (to construct, build, erect), but this seems unlikely since historia already had this meaning in Anglo-Latin.



storey (plural storeys)

  1. (obsolete) A building; an edifice.
  2. (Britain) A floor or level of a building or ship.
    Synonyms: floor, level, story (US)
    Coordinate term: deck
    For superstitious reasons, many buildings number their 13th storey as 14, bypassing 13 entirely.
    a multi-storey car park
  3. (typography) A vertical level in certain letters, such as a and g.
    The IPA symbol for a voiced velar stop is the single-storey  , not the double-storey  .

Usage notesEdit

The terms floor, level, or deck are used in a similar way, except that it is usual to talk of a “14-storey building”, but “the 14th floor”. The floor at ground or street level is called the ground floor in many places. The words storey and floor exclude levels of the building that are not covered by a roof, such as the terrace on the top roof of many buildings.

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