Definition of storey in English:
noun (plural storeys or stories)
- 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.
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).
story from (Middle English):
Both storey and story (and indeed history) come from Latin historia ‘history, story’. A story was initially a historical account or representation, usually involving passages of bible history and legends of the saints. From the 1500s the word was used in connection with fictitious events for the entertainment of people. As for storey, which is essentially the same word, there may have originally been a reference to tiers of painted windows or sculptures used to decorate the front of a building, each one representing a historical subject. So each tier was a different ‘story’ or, once the spelling changed, ‘storey’. Eventually the word came to refer to a level or floor of a building. At some time in the 1930s or before, someone told a long, rambling anecdote about a dog with shaggy hair. It must have caught the public imagination, as ever since then any long rambling story or joke that is only amusing because it is absurdly inconsequential or pointless has been a shaggy-dog story.
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