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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sto"ry
A set of rooms on the same floor or level; a floor, or the space between two floors. Also, a horizontal division of a building's exterior considered architecturally, which need not correspond exactly with the stories within.

Note: ☞ A story comprehends the distance from one floor to another; as, a story of nine or ten feet elevation. The spaces between floors are numbered in order, from below upward; as, the lower, second, or third story; a house of one story, of two stories, of five stories.

Etymology: OF. estoré estorée, built, erected, p. p. of estorer to build, restore, to store. See Store (v. t.)

noun Sto"ry
  1. A narration or recital of that which has occurred; a description of past events; a history; a statement; a record."One malcontent who did indeed get a name in story." [Barrow.]"Venice, with its unique city and its Impressive story." [Ed. Rev.]"The four great monarchies make the subject of ancient story." [Sir W. Temple.]
  2. The relation of an incident or minor event; a short narrative; a tale; especially, a fictitious narrative less elaborate than a novel; a short romance.
  3. A euphemism or child's word for “a lie;” a fib; as, to tell a story .(Colloq)

Etymology: OE. storie, OF. estoire, F. histoire, fr. L. historia. See History

verb Sto"ry
To tell in historical relation; to make the subject of a story; to narrate or describe in story.
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  1. A structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
  2. A piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
  3. A record or narrative description of past events ("a history of France" and "the story of exposure to lead")
  4. A short account of the news ("the story was on the 11 o'clock news")
  5. A trivial lie
  6. 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

From Middle English storie, storye, from Anglo-Norman estorie, from Late Latin storia, an aphetic form of Latin historia (“history; story”), from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historía, “history”). Compare history and storey (“floor of a building”).

  1. A sequence of real or fictional events; or, an account of such a sequence.
    The book tells the of two roommates.
  2. A lie, fiction.
    You’ve been telling again, haven’t you?
  3. (US, colloquial, usually pluralized) A soap opera.
    What will she do without being able to watch her ?
  4. (obsolete) History.
  5. A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.
    What's the with him?
    I tried it again; same , no error message, nothing happened.

From Middle English story, from Old French *estoree (“a thing built, a building”), from estoree (“built”), feminine past participle of estorer (“to build”), from Latin instaurare (“to construct, build, erect”).

  1. (obsolete) A building or edifice.
  2. (chiefly US) A floor or level of a building; a storey.
    Our shop was on the fourth of the building, so we had to install an elevator.
  3. (typography) Alternative form of storey

    Notable Persons Named Story


    Story was born on May 2nd, 1983.


    Story was born on August 19th, 1913. He left this life on February 20th, 1999.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Story

    There’s a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm's Story is a cartoonist. There’s was born on August 14th, 1950 in Tacoma, Washington.


    Rick was born on August 28th, 1984 in Tacoma, Washington, United States.


    Joseph Story was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. His most notable accomplishments were from 1808 to 1809. Joseph was born on September 18th, 1779 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He breathed his last breath on September 10th, 1845.


    Tim Story is a director and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Tim was given the name Timothy Kevin Story on March 13th, 1970.


    Laura Story is a contemporary christian music singer-songwriter. Laura was given the name Laura Mixon Story on September 5th, 1978 in Augusta, Georgia.


    Blessed John Story was a saint. He holds the title Martyr. Blessed was born in 1504 in Northern England. He died in 1571.


    How popular is the baby name Story in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1971 5 5 0
    1974 7 7 0
    1976 5 5 0
    1979 6 6 0
    1980 7 7 0
    1981 5 5 0
    1982 8 8 0
    1987 7 7 0
    1991 5 5 0
    1993 10 10 0
    1994 7 7 0
    1995 5 5 0
    1996 21 16 5
    1997 15 15 0
    1998 23 16 7
    1999 19 14 5
    2000 10 10 0
    2001 19 12 7
    2002 18 13 5
    2003 5 5 0
    2004 8 8 0
    2005 15 15 0
    2006 25 20 5
    2007 60 60 0
    2008 72 72 0
    2009 76 76 0
    2010 89 80 9
    2011 79 79 0
    2012 102 102 0
    2013 91 84 7
    2014 93 88 5
    2015 73 68 5
    2016 68 68 0
    2017 82 76 6

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Story U.S.
      White 83.27% 64.26%
      African American 11.42% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.38% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Story

    People with the last name Story are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Story

    • How Popular is the name Story? Story is the 9,710th most popular name of all time. As a last name Story was the 1,867th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Story have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,140 babies born with the first name Story in the United States. That's more than enough people named Story to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Story? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Story first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Story is Wednesday, May 19th, 1880.
    • What year had the most people named Story born? The highest recorded use of the first name Story was in 2012 with a total of 102 babies.
    • Random Story Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Story is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2010.
    • Weird things about the name Story: Your name in reverse order is Yrots. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ytors. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Story? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,218 people with the last name Story.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Story? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Story as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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