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Pronunciation: /ˈstɔːri
 
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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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
tale, narrative, account, recital;
chronicle, history
informal yarn, spiel
1.1A plot or storyline: 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.
Synonyms
plot, storyline, scenario, chain of events
technical diegesis
1.2A piece of gossip; a rumour: there have been lots of stories going around, as you can imagine
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
rumour, piece of gossip, piece of hearsay, whisper;
speculation;
Frenchon dit
informal kidology
Australian/New Zealand informal furphy
1.3 informal A false statement; a lie: Ellie never told stories—she had always believed in the truth
Synonyms
lie, fib, falsehood, untruth, fabrication, fiction, piece of fiction;
Irish pishogue;
West African nancy story
informal tall story, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, shaggy-dog story, whopper, terminological inexactitude, fish story
British informal pork pie, porky pie, porky
2A report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine, or 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.
Synonyms
news item, news report, article, feature, piece;
exclusive, exposé;
informal scoop
3An account of past events in someone’s life or in the development 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.
3.1A particular person’s representation of the facts of a matter: 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.
Synonyms
testimony, statement, report, account, version, description, representation
3.2 [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 United kept on trying but it was the same old story—no luck
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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.
3.3 (the story) informal The facts about the present situation: What’s the story on this man? Is he from around here?
4The commercial prospects or circumstances of a particular company: the investors' flight to profitable businesses with solid stories

Origin

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

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  • 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.

Phrases

but that's another story

1
informal Used after raising a matter to indicate that one does not want to expand on it for now.
Example sentences
  • 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

2
see end.
Example sentences
  • 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

3
informal Used to indicate that, for now, one does not want to talk about something that is too painful or complicated.
Example sentences
  • 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

4
informal Used as a resigned acknowledgement that one has experienced a particular misfortune too often: ‘He’s more likely to have run off with a dancer,’ Laura said bitterly. ‘It’s the story of my life.’
More example sentences
  • 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 story goes

5
It is said or rumoured: the story goes that he’s fallen out with his friends
More example sentences
  • 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 cut (or North American make) a long story short

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Used to end an account of events quickly: to cut a long story short, I married Stephen
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with story

cacciatore, Corey, dory, Florey, flory, furore, glory, gory, hoary, hunky-dory, lory, Maury, monsignori, Montessori, multistorey, Pori, Rory, satori, saury, storey, Tory, vainglory

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Variant spelling of storey.

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