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English noun: story

1. story (communication) 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


SamplesHis narrative was interesting.
Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children.


Synonymsnarration, narrative, tale


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance


Narrower (hyponym)fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, folk tale, folktale, nursery rhyme, sob story, sob stuff, tall tale, tearjerker


Instance hyponymCanterbury Tales

2. story (communication) a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events


SamplesHe writes stories for the magazines.


Broader (hypernym)fiction


Narrower (hyponym)adventure story, allegory, apologue, fable, fable, heroic tale, legend, love story, mystery, mystery story, myth, parable, parable, plot, romance, short story, whodunit


Part holonymanticlimax, bathos, climax, culmination

3. story (artifact) a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale


SamplesWhat level is the office on?.


Synonymsfloor, level, storey


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure


Narrower (hyponym)attic, basement, cellar, entresol, first floor, garret, ground floor, ground level, loft, loft, mezzanine, mezzanine floor


Part meronymbuilding, edifice

4. story (communication) a record or narrative description of past events


SamplesA history of France.
He gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president.
The story of exposure to lead.


Synonymsaccount, chronicle, history


Broader (hypernym)record


Narrower (hyponym)ancient history, annals, biography, case history, chronological record, etymology, historical document, historical paper, historical record, life, life history, life story, recital


Domain categoryhistory

5. story (communication) a short account of the news


SamplesThe report of his speech.
The story was on the 11 o'clock news.
The account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious.


Synonymsaccount, news report, report, write up


Broader (hypernym)news


Narrower (hyponym)bulletin, communique, despatch, dispatch, exclusive, newsletter, newssheet, scoop, urban legend

6. story (communication) a trivial lie


SamplesHe told a fib about eating his spinach.
How can I stop my child from telling stories?.


Synonymsfib, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle


Broader (hypernym)lie, prevarication


Narrower (hyponym)cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance









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