WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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. storey

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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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