There are 2 main definitions of story in English:


Syllabification: sto·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈstôrē

noun (plural stories)

1An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment: an adventure story I’m going to tell you a story
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  • There are romance stories, historical stories and adventures.
  • I write adventure stories, thrillers, so most of my heroes spend their time running after the bad guys.
  • His most recent work shows that a novel of philosophical analysis can be a real story.
tale, narrative, account, anecdote
informal yarn, spiel
1.1A plot or story line: the novel has a good story
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  • As the plot unfolds, the story begins to collapse under the weight of its unanswered questions.
  • Shock revelations follow as the story unravels, the plot thickens and the audience grows more intrigued.
  • But I think we always return because we are hungry for the same story, the same plot.
1.2A report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine, or news broadcast: stories in the local papers
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  • The story that news papers would of course like to run is imminent collapse and absolute disaster.
  • Obviously we will be bringing you many other big news stories in your favourite newspaper over the coming 12 months.
  • We only hope they will at least provide more careful, balanced statements during live broadcasts or in newspaper stories.
news item, news report, article, feature, piece
1.3A piece of gossip; a rumor: there have been lots of stories going around, as you can imagine
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  • For centuries, if not longer, there have been rumours and stories about a giant bird living in the remote areas of Australia.
  • In his letters, he gossips, tells wicked stories and speaks the unguarded truth.
  • He fed his in-crowd with stories, gossip, tips and steers.
rumor, piece of gossip, whisper;
1.4 informal A false statement or explanation; a lie: Ellie never told stories—she had always believed in the truth
2An account of past events in someone’s life or in the evolution of something: the story of modern farming the film is based on a true story
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  • Like me, it is a bit wrinkled and frayed at the edges but it recalls a moment of history in the life story of Britain's railway industry.
  • His life story is one of the most extraordinary tales in the history of the game.
  • A reformed heroin addict turned property developer is hoping to film part of his life story in Swindon.
2.1A particular person’s representation of the facts of a matter, especially as given in self-defense: during police interviews, Harper changed his story
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  • At best, it will make some detainees feel better by letting them tell their side of the story.
  • Apart from issuing a few brief statements, the failed viceroy has yet to face the media to tell his side of the story.
  • Analysts and investors are just not listening to our side of the story.
testimony, statement, report, account, version
2.2 [in singular] A situation viewed in terms of the information known about it or its similarity to another: having such information is useful, but it is not the whole story many children with leukemia now survive—twenty years ago it was a very different story
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  • If it had happened at night then the story might have been different.
  • But it was a different story when an easier chance fell for him a minute later.
  • It is a story that has worrying similarities with the experiences of farmers elsewhere.


Middle English (denoting a historical account or representation): shortening of Anglo-Norman French estorie, from Latin historia (see history).


but that's another story

informal Used after raising a matter to indicate that one does not want to expand on it for now.
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  • Of course I was useless with women, but that's another story.
  • Then I got a job and bought a house, and then I went to work in Washington DC... but that's another story.
  • And I must say I was pretty impressed with his Spanish, but that's another story.

end of story

informal Used to emphasize that there is nothing to add on a matter just mentioned: Men don’t cry in public. End of story
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  • I knew it wasn't the full story, the investigators knew it wasn't the full story but it was the statement that was going to be made, end of story.
  • Our campaign is not going to be about one big bang and that's it, end of story.
  • They are getting phased out of the picture, end of story.

it's a long story

informal Used to indicate that, for now, one does not want to talk about something that is too involved or painful.
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  • It's (the tail end of) Purim, when it's traditional to eat triangular shaped pastries, though frankly it's a long story that I can't go into now.
  • ‘I - it's a long story,’ she said, looking away and twisting her fingers painfully.
  • But it's a long story, and I don't have the energy right now.

it's (or that's) the story of one's life

informal Used to lament the fact that a particular misfortune has happened too often in one’s experience: “It’s the story of my life,” my mother would say when she returned home from a sale empty-handed
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  • But that's the story of my life - missed opportunities and bad timing.
  • I was running a little late, but then that's the story of my life.
  • He didn't want to, and that's the story of my life.

the same old story

Used to indicate that a particular bad situation is tediously familiar: are we not faced with the same old story of a badly managed project?
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  • We are capable of beating most sides in this league, yet it's been the same old story in the last two or three matches as silly goals have cost us badly.
  • But it's the same old story - the keeper is always singled out for the blame.
  • But it was the same old story: A father and son drifting apart.

the story goes

It is said or rumored: the story goes that he’s fallen out with his friends
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  • Pirates fleeing the British navy, as the story goes, found themselves on St Lucia's east coast off of Marquis Bay.
  • This, the story goes, secured a large crowd, a conviction for indecency and copious ticket-shifting headlines.
  • This fearsome serpent, so the story goes, had a poisoned tongue, breathed fire and smoke, and had teeth as large as the prongs of a pitchfork.

to make (or British cut) a long story short

Used to end an account of events quickly: to make a long story short, I married Stephen
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  • I was doing research on how traumatic experiences impact memory functioning and to make a long story short, alien abductions was a type of traumatic experience people were reporting.
  • I became independent and to make a long story short, here I am now, living in an apartment, financially stable, and not addicted to drugs.
  • Anyway, to make a long story short, I met a guy - a fellow chorus boy - and we had a fling.

Definition of story in:

There are 2 main definitions of story in English:


Syllabification: sto·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈstôrē
(British also storey)

noun (plural stories or storeys)

North American
A part of a building comprising all the rooms that are on the same level: [in combination]: a three-story building
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  • The apartments will be arranged in courtyards with the highest building rising to five storeys, including the penthouse level.
  • A reinforced concrete structure, with doors and windows in steel, the building is eleven storeys, plus a roof terrace and basement.
  • Towards the north end, the building rises to two storeys, and the roof of the colonnade forms an external gallery.
floor, level, deck


late Middle English: shortening of Latin historia 'history, story', a special use in Anglo-Latin, perhaps originally denoting a tier of painted windows or sculptures on the front of a building (representing a historical subject).

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