If your little brother begs you to tell him a story, he wants to hear a short, entertaining tale.

A narrative about people and events, usually including an interesting plot, is a story. A story can be fictional or true, and it can be written, read aloud, or made up on the spot. Journalists write stories for newspapers, and gossips spread stories that may or may not be true. A story can be historical; the root of story, the Latin word historia, means both "history" and "story."

Primary Meanings of story

a record or narrative description of past events
a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
Full Definitions of story

n a record or narrative description of past events

“the story of exposure to lead”
account, chronicle, history
Parallel Lives
a collection of biographies of famous pairs of Greeks and Romans written by Plutarch; used by Shakespeare in writing some of his plays
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ancient history
a history of the ancient world
a history of a word
case history
detailed record of the background of a person or group under study or treatment
historical document, historical paper, historical record
writing having historical value (as opposed to fiction or myth etc.)
annals, chronological record
a chronological account of events in successive years
biography, life, life history, life story
an account of the series of events making up a person's life
a detailed account or description of something
folk etymology
a popular but erroneous etymology
family history
part of a patient's medical history in which questions are asked in an attempt to find out whether the patient has hereditary tendencies toward particular diseases
anamnesis, medical history, medical record
the case history of a medical patient as recalled by the patient
a biography of yourself
a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
biographical sketch
Type of:
anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events

n a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events

“he writes stories for the magazines”
Pilgrim's Progress
an allegory written by John Bunyan in 1678
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adventure story, heroic tale
a story of an adventure
mystery, mystery story, whodunit
a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
love story, romance
a story dealing with love
fable, legend
a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
short story
a prose narrative shorter than a novel
allegory, apologue, fable, parable
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
(New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
a suspenseful adventure story or play or movie
a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family; originally (12th to 14th centuries) a story of the families that settled Iceland and their descendants but now any prose narrative that resembles such an account
detective story
a narrative about someone who investigates crimes and obtains evidence leading to their resolution
murder mystery
a narrative about a murder and how the murderer is discovered
Arthurian legend
the legend of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
Aesop's fables
a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller Aesop
Gotterdammerung, Ragnarok, Twilight of the Gods
myth about the ultimate destruction of the gods in a battle with evil
the series of events that form a plot
plot line, storyline
the plot of a book or play or film
Type of:
a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

n a trivial lie

“how can I stop my child from telling stories?”
fib, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle
cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance
an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
Type of:
lie, prevarication
a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

n a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

“Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children”
narration, narrative, tale
Canterbury Tales
an uncompleted series of tales written after 1387 by Geoffrey Chaucer
Arabian Nights' Entertainment
a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century
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an excessively sentimental narrative
tall tale
an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
folk tale, folktale
a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
sob story, sob stuff
a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale
a story about fairies; told to amuse children
nursery rhyme
a tale in rhymed verse for children
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n a short account of the news

“the story was on the 11 o'clock news”
account, news report, report, write up
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newsletter, newssheet
report or open letter giving informal or confidential news of interest to a special group
a brief report (especially an official statement issued for immediate publication or broadcast)
communique, despatch, dispatch
an official report (usually sent in haste)
urban legend
a story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false; contains elements of humor or horror and is popularly believed to be true
exclusive, scoop
a news report that is reported first by one news organization
market letter
a newsletter written by an analyst of the stock market and sold to subscribers
flash, news bulletin, newsbreak, newsflash
a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
information bulletin
a bulletin containing the latest information
Type of:
information reported in a newspaper or news magazine

n a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

floor, level, storey
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basement, cellar
the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
first floor, ground floor, ground level
the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
attic, garret, loft
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
entresol, mezzanine, mezzanine floor
intermediate floor just above the ground floor
artist's loft
a factory loft that has been converted into an artist's workroom and living area
a storage area in a cellar
a small loft or garret
hayloft, haymow, mow
a loft in a barn where hay is stored
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construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

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