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EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstɔː.ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈstɔɹ.i/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹi

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English storie, storye, from Anglo-Norman estorie, from Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορίᾱ (historíā, learning through research), from ἱστορέω (historéō, to research, inquire (and) record), from ἵστωρ (hístōr, the knowing, wise one), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to see, know). Doublet of history and storey.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

story (plural stories)

  1. A sequence of real or fictional events; or, an account of such a sequence.
    Synonym: tome
    • 1673, William Temple, An Essay upon the Advancement of Trade in Ireland
      it must be exploded for fabulous, with other relics of ancient story.
    • June 1861, Edinburgh Review, The Kingdom of Italy
      Venice, with its unique city and its impressive story
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
    The book tells the story of two roommates.
  2. A lie, fiction.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:lie
    You’ve been telling stories again, haven’t you?
  3. (US, colloquial, usually pluralized) A soap opera.
    Synonym: serial
    What will she do without being able to watch her stories?
    • 1991, Stephen King, Needful Things
      He stood on the doorstep for a minute, listening for sounds inside the house — a radio, a TV tuned to one of the stories []
  4. (obsolete) History.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica:
      [] who is so unread or so uncatechis'd in story, that hath not heard of many sects refusing books as a hindrance, and preserving their doctrine unmixt for many ages, only by unwritt'n traditions.
  5. A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.
    Synonym: narrative
    What's the story with him?
    I tried it again; same story, no error message, nothing happened.
    The images it captured help tell a story of extreme loss: 25 percent of its ice and four of its 19 glaciers have disappeared since 1957.
  6. (social media) A chronological collection of pictures or short videos published by a user on an application or website that is typically only available for a short period.
    stop posting entire concerts on your story[1]
Usage notesEdit
  • (soap opera): Popularized in the 1950s, when soap operas were often billed as "continuing stories", the term "story" to describe a soap opera fell into disuse by the 21st century and is now used chiefly among older people and in rural areas. Other English-speaking countries used the term at its zenith as a "loaned" word from the United States.
Derived termsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • Welsh: stori
  • Persian: استوری(estori)
  • Portuguese: estória
  • Sranan Tongo: tori
TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

story (third-person singular simple present stories, present participle storying, simple past and past participle storied)

  1. To tell as a story; to relate or narrate about.

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

story (plural stories)

  1. (chiefly US) Alternative spelling of storey.
    Our shop was on the fourth story of the building, so we had to install an elevator.

AnagramsEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Old French estoree, past participle of estorer. Alternatively, the same word as storie.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈstɔriː(ə)/, /ˈstɔːriː(ə)/

NounEdit

story (plural storyes) (rare)

  1. A level of a building.
  2. A line of paddles on a ship.
DescendantsEdit
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old French estorie, estoire.

VerbEdit

story

  1. Alternative form of storie