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n. Chiefly British
Variant of story2.


(ˈstɔːrɪ) or


n, pl -reys or -ries
1. (Architecture) a floor or level of a building
2. (Architecture) a set of rooms on one level
[C14: from Anglo-Latin historia, picture, from Latin: narrative, probably arising from the pictures on medieval windows]


(Biography) David (Malcolm). born 1933, British novelist and dramatist. His best-known works include the novels This Sporting Life (1960) and A Serious Man (1998) and the plays In Celebration (1969), Home (1970), and Stages (1992)


(ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries, n.
1. a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse; tale.
2. a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
3. such narratives or tales as a branch of literature: song and story.
4. the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.
5. a narration of incidents or events.
6. a report of the facts concerning a matter in question.
7. a lie; fabrication.
8. Archaic. history.
9. to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
10. Archaic. to tell the history or story of.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French estorie < Latin historia history]


(ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries.
1. a complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
2. the set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
3. any major horizontal architectural division, as of a facade.
4. a layer.
Also, esp. Brit., storey.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-Latin historia picture decorating a building, a part of the building, hence floor, story; see story1]


(ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i)

Joseph, 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.


1. 'storey'

You refer to the different levels in a building as its storeys or floors. If you are saying how many levels a building has, you usually use storeys.

They live in a house with four storeys.
The school is a single-storey building.

'Storey' is spelled story in American English. The plural of story is stories.

The hospital is a six-story building.
The hotel towers are each 30 stories high.
2. 'floor'

If you are talking about a particular level in a building, you usually use floor, not 'storey'. Don't say that something is on a particular 'storey'. You say that it is on a particular floor.

My office is on the second floor.
She rents a ground floor apartment.


1. 'story'

A story is a description of imaginary people and events, written or told in order to entertain people. The plural of story is stories.

Tell me a story.
Her stories about the boy wizard have sold millions of copies.

A description of a series of real events can also be called a story.

We sold the story of the expedition to the Daily Express.

In American English, a story is also one of the floors or levels in a building.

The house was four stories high.
2. 'storey'

In British English, one of these floors is called a storey.

The house was three storeys high.
See storey - floor
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.storey - a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scalestorey - a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; "what level is the office on?"
basement, cellar - the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
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
loft - floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
entresol, mezzanine floor, mezzanine - intermediate floor just above the ground floor
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"


noun floor, level, flight, deck, tier Houses must not be more than two storeys high.


story (US) [ˈstɔːrɪ] Npiso m


[ˈstɔːri] (British) story (US) nétage m
a three-storey building → un immeuble à trois étages


, (esp US) story
n pl <-s or (US) stories> → Stock (→ werk nt) m, → Etage f; a nine-storey buildingein neunstöckiges Gebäude, ein Gebäude mit neun Stockwerken or Etagen; on the second storeyim zweiten Stock(werk), auf der zweiten Etage; (US) → im ersten Stock(werk), auf der ersten Etage; he fell from the third-storey windower fiel aus dem Fenster des dritten or (US) → zweiten Stock(werk)s or der dritten or (US) → zweiten Etage


story (Am) [ˈstɔːrɪ] npiano
a 9-stor(e)y building → un edificio a 9 piani


(ˈstoːri) (plural ˈstoreys) story (plural ˈstories) noun
one of the floors or levels in a building. an apartment block of seventeen storeys.
-storeyed, -storied
A two-storied house is one with a ground floor and one floor above it.