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Story appears in the following tongue twister:

  • A sad story about Nobody

Story appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Ma's story rots Sam.
  • Tonsured nihility rots a story ’til I hinder us not.
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Usage statistics for the noun story:

spoken English40.31%written English59.69% conversational speech40.56%task-oriented speech59.44% imaginative writing52.54%informational writing47.46%
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Story is sometimes a misspelling of storey or stories.

The word story is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun story

What does story mean as a name of something?

Story is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: stories

  1. 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
  2. a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
  3. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of story: floor / level / storey
    • more generic words: construction / structure = a thing constructed
    • more specific terms:
      • basement / cellar = the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level
      • ground floor / ground level / first floor = the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
      • garret / attic / loft = floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof
      • loft = floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
      • mezzanine floor / mezzanine / entresol = intermediate floor just above the ground floor
    • part of: building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  4. a record or narrative description of past events
  5. a short account of the news
  6. a trivial lie

Alternative definition of the noun story


  1. An account of real or fictional events.
  2. A lie.
  3. A floor or level of a building (mainly US - see storey).
  4. [US, colloquial, usually pluralized] A soap opera.


  1. "Story" a.k.a. "Kahaani" is a 2012 Indian mystery thriller film directed and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh. It stars Vidya Balan as Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman searching for her missing husband in Kolkata during the festival of Durga Puja, assisted by Satyoki "Rana" Sinha and Khan.
  2. "Story" a.k.a. "Dastaan" is a 1972 film produced and directed by B. R. Chopra. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Prem Chopra, Bindu, Sachin, Iftekhar, I. S. Johar and Madan Puri. The film's music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal.
  3. "Story": Kathai is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Abhishek Shankar. Produced by Rajan Radhakrishnan and distributed through Madurai by noted director M. Sasikumar, the film stars newcomers Shaan Kumar, Nivedhitha and Abhinay in the lead roles. The film was released on 29 January 2010.


"Story" is a book by Robert McKee.


  1. "Story" is a compilation album by Eric Clapton.
  2. "Story" is a musical album of The Four Seasons.
    • released in (41 years ago)
  3. "Story" is a musical album of ABBA.
  4. "Story" is the compilation album by Ray Charles.
  5. "Story" is a musical single of Ai.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  6. "Story" is a musical album of Premiata Forneria Marconi.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  7. "Story" is a musical album of DuelJewel.
    • released on
  8. "story" is a musical album of MOUSHI.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  9. "Story" is a musical album of Honeybus.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  10. "Story" a.k.a. "Story..." is a musical single of Bahashishi.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  11. "STORY" is a musical album of The New Classics.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  12. "Story" is a musical album of The Platters.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  13. "Story" is a musical single of Amy Krebs.
  14. "Story" is a musical album of Mosab Al Meqrni.


Story is a record label.


  1. Story is a census-designated place in Sheridan County, Wyoming, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP population was 828.
  2. Story is an unincorporated community in Van Buren Township, Brown County, Indiana.
  3. Story a.k.a. Story, Arkansas: Story is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Arkansas, United States. Pencil Bluff is located at the junction of Arkansas Highway 27 and Arkansas Highway 298 11.5 miles northeast of Mount Ida. Story has a post office with ZIP code 71970.

There are other places with in their name, like Story City, Story County, The Hershey Story and The Beatles' Story.


Story was a magazine founded in 1931 by journalist-editor Whit Burnett and his first wife, Martha Foley, in Vienna, Austria. Showcasing short stories by new authors, 67 copies of the debut issue were mimeographed in Vienna, and two years later, Story moved to New York City where Burnett and Foley created The Story Press in 1936.

Phrases with Story

  1. Story arc
  2. sob story
  3. War Story
  4. Anti-Story
  5. blue story
  6. Fish Story
  7. good story
  8. lead story
  9. life story
  10. love story
  11. news story
  12. Tall Story
  13. Chain Story
  14. Cover Story
  15. dirty story
  16. fairy story
  17. funny story
  18. Ghost story
  19. multi-story
  20. Scare Story

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Story

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Google previewThe Reach of Philosophy (1977)

Essays in Honor of James Kern Feibleman by R.C. Whittemore

The upper story is the domain of abstractions, of universals, of essence, an ideal order of non-temporal, non-spatial, unchanging values and logico-mathematical entities. The lower story is the domain of concrete individuals, of existence, ...

Google previewThe Story Factor (2009)

Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling by Annette Simmons

Basically, a story is a narrative account of an event or events—true or fictional. The difference between giving an example and telling a story is the addition of emotional content and added sensory details in...

For our purpose, a persuasive story is any narrative account from your own experience, your imagination, a literary ...

Google previewMyths And Symbols (2012)

by Stephen D. Peet

Among the Missisaugas, the story is that Manibozho hunted the great beaver around Lake Superior, and broke open the great beaver dam at the foot of the lake, exactly as Glooscap broke open the beaver dam on the coast of Maine. Among ...

Google previewThe Journey Prize Stories (2005)

From the Best of Canada's New Writers by Elizabeth Hay, Lisa Lynne Moore, Michael Redhill

A story is a sequence of ix Introduction.

Google previewStorycatcher (2010)

Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story by Christina Baldwin

Story is the narrative thread of our experience — not what literally happens, but what we make out of what happens, what we tell each other and what we remember. This narrative determines much of what we do with the time given us between ...

Google previewOur Secret Territory (2011)

The Essence of Storytelling by Laura Simms

A story is a vital and dynamic little world, an ecology, beautiful and inter- connected, that when we enter, makes us whole. In these times of great disarray and alienation, Story has been diminished and forgotten and we are lost as a people and ...

Google previewThe Fury of God (2014)

by Jeremy J. Lundmark

The underdog story is the story of the foundation of our country. We pride ourselves in...

Google previewWeaving Narrative Nets to Capture Classrooms (2003)

Multimethod Qualitative Approaches for Educational Research by D. Geelan

Douglas Coupland, Microserfs A story is a selection. A fictional story is a selection of characters, events and situations, created by an author to embody an idea. A factual story is a selection, from the incredible complexity of life, of characters, ...

Google previewThe Editor (1916)

The greatest detective story is the story the conclusion of which Is reached with absolute logic." There may be people so unfortunately lofty of forehead as not to read detective stories, and therefore to be ignorant of Mr. Burton E. Stevenson's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Short Story (2015)

by Andrew Maunder

The rise of the periodical in the 19th and early 20th century fostered the development ofthe modernshort story.Italso spawned another literary genre, the short story collection. Because magazines refused to print stories already having ...

Google previewThe Full Points Footy Encyclopedia of Australian Football Clubs (2008)

by John Devaney

Lockett, Tony with Ken Piesse Plugger: the Tony Lockett Story (Sydney, Pan Macmillan, 1992). Madden, Justin Harry: the Words and Wisdom of Justin Madden (Sydney, Pan Macmillan, 1996). Main, Jim with friends EJ - Ted Whitten ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kalispel Or Flat-head Indian Language (1879)

by Joseph Giorda, Gregory Mengarini

STORY, n. 1st.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Louisiana (1999)

by Nancy Capace

Brick, stuccoed; 2 1/2 stories, modified rectangle, gabled roof sections, paired interior end chimneys, central square cupola with segmental arched windows; front center 1st- and 2nd- story center entrances, each with transom, side lights, and ...

Google previewThe Builder's Dictionary Or Gentleman and Architect's Companion (1734)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art in All the Several Parts of Architecture, But Also Containing the Theory and Practice ...

upon the Line AB into seven e- qual Parts; take five of them to make the Height of the Story AC and BD, and the said Height will be seventeen Feet Let the Figure be of the samq Breadth, viz. twenty-four Feet within the Work ; which divide upon ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Maryland (1999)

by Nancy Capace

Three-part brick complex includes small 2- story polygonal Mount Clare Station with center entrance with transom and side...

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Usage statistics about story

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun story:

spoken English40.31%written English59.69% conversational speech40.56%task-oriented speech59.44% imaginative writing52.54%informational writing47.46%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun story:


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Quotes about Story

I think we've broken story after story that the rest of the media refused to break even when they had the story because they were scared of the story, or they just didn't think it was appropriate. (David Talbot)
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Scrabble value of S1T1O1R1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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