story Definition

  • 1an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment
  • 2a report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine, or broadcast

Using story: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "story" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She loves to read stories before going to bed.

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    The newspaper story about the robbery was on the front page.

  • Example

    He told me a story about his childhood.

  • Example

    The movie is based on a true story.

story Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for story

Antonyms for story

Idioms Using story

  • a cock and bull story

    a far-fetched or implausible tale


    His excuse for being late was just a cock and bull story.

  • a long, rambling story with an anticlimactic or absurd ending


    The movie was a shaggy dog story that left everyone in the theater confused.

  • a situation or pattern that is familiar and unchanging, often with negative connotations


    It's the same old story with him - he always promises to change but never does.

Phrases with story

  • a brief work of fiction that typically features a small cast of characters and focuses on a single plot or theme


    She won an award for her short story about a young girl's first day of school.

  • a false or misleading account of an event or situation, often used to conceal the truth


    The government's explanation for the missing funds was just a cover story.

  • success story

    an account of someone who has achieved great success, often despite difficult circumstances


    The entrepreneur's success story inspired many people to start their own businesses.

Origins of story

from Old French 'estoree', meaning 'narrative'


Summary: story in Brief

The term 'story' [ˈstɔːri] refers to an account of imaginary or real people and events, often for entertainment, or a report of an item of news. It includes works of fiction like 'short story,' and phrases like 'cover story,' which denotes a false account. Idioms like 'a cock and bull story' refer to far-fetched tales, while 'the same old story' implies a familiar, unchanging pattern.

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