WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
sto•ry1 /ˈstɔri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ries. 
  1. Literaturea telling of events;
    a tale.
  2. Literaturea fictional tale, shorter and less involved than a novel. Also,  short story. 
  3. Literaturethe plot or events of a novel, poem, drama, etc.
  4. a report of the facts of a matter in question:She wrote a story about him in the local newspaper.
  5. a lie:Now children, you must not tell stories; tell me what really happened.

sto•ry2 /ˈstɔri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ries. 
  1. Building, Architecturea complete horizontal section of a building, as from the floor to the ceiling;
    one floor or level:How many stories are there in that apartment building?
  2. Architecturethe set of rooms on the same floor.
  3. (used after numbers) having (the stated number of) stories:a five-story apartment building.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] ˈsto•rey. 
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
sto•ry1  (stôrē, stōrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries, v.,  -ried, -ry•ing. 
  1. Literaturea narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader;
  2. Literaturea fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
  3. Literaturesuch narratives or tales as a branch of literature:song and story.
  4. Literaturethe plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.:The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
  5. a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
  6. a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration:the story of medicine; the story of his life.
  7. a report or account of a matter;
    statement or allegation:The story goes that he rejected the offer.
  8. JournalismSee  news story. 
  9. a lie or fabrication:What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
  10. [Obs.]history.

  1. to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
  2. [Obs.]to tell the history or story of.
story•less, adj. 
  • Latin historia history
  • Anglo-French estorie
  • Middle English storie 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged legend, fable, romance;
      anecdote, record, history, chronicle.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged recital.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged description.

sto•ry2  (stôrē, stōrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. Building, Architecturea complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
  2. Architecturethe set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
  3. Architectureany major horizontal architectural division, as of a façade or the wall of a nave.
  4. a layer.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] storey. 
  • Latin historia history
  • Anglo-Latin historia picture decorating a building, a part of the building so decorated, hence floor, story
  • Middle English storie 1350–1400

Sto•ry  (stôrē, stōrē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalJoseph, 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.
William Wet•more  (wetmôr′, -mōr′),USA pronunciation 1819–95, U.S. sculptor and poet.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
sto•rey  (stôrē, stōrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -reys. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. British Termsstory2.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

story /ˈstɔːrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. a narration of a chain of events told or written in prose or verse
  2. Also called: short story a piece of fiction, briefer and usually less detailed than a novel
  3. Also called: story line the plot of a book, film, etc
  4. an event that could be the subject of a narrative
  5. a report or statement on a matter or event
  6. the event or material for such a report
  7. informal a lie, fib, or untruth
  8. cut a long story short, make a long story shortto leave out details in a narration
  9. the same old storyinformal the familiar or regular course of events
  10. the story goesit is commonly said or believed
vb ( -ries, -rying, -ried)(transitive)
  1. to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-French estorie, from Latin historia; see history
story /ˈstɔːrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. another spelling (esp US) of storey

storey, US story /ˈstɔːrɪ/ n ( pl -reys, -ries)
  1. a floor or level of a building
  2. a set of rooms on one level
Etymology: 14th Century: from Anglo-Latin historia, picture, from Latin: narrative, probably arising from the pictures on medieval windows

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