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n. Chiefly British
Variant of story2.
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(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)
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(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.
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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
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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"
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noun floor, level, flight, deck, tier Houses must not be more than two storeys high.
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story (US) [ˈstɔːrɪ] Npiso m
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[ˈstɔːri] (British) story (US) nétage m
a three-storey building → un immeuble à trois étages
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, (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
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story (Am) [ˈstɔːrɪ] npiano
a 9-stor(e)y building → un edificio a 9 piani
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
Governor Bernard, Hutchinson, Oliver, Storey, Hallowell, and other men whom King George delighted to honor, were reviled as traitors to the country.
This Anton Antonitch lived on the fourth storey in a house in Five Corners, in four low-pitched rooms, one smaller than the other, of a particularly frugal and sallow appearance.
Our white frame house, with a storey and half-storey above the basement, stood at the east end of what I might call the farmyard, with the windmill close by the kitchen door.
It was two storeys high; showed no window, nothing but a door on the lower storey and a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper; and bore in every feature, the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence.
All these relics gave to the third storey of Thornfield Hall the aspect of a home of the past: a shrine of memory.
All these thoughts passed through my mind during the few moments that, having left the old lady's rooms, I was ascending to my own room on the top storey. What most struck me was the fact that, though I had divined the chief, the stoutest, threads which united the various actors in the drama, I had, until now, been ignorant of the methods and secrets of the game.
When it was morning, and the children had got up, the Tin-soldier was put in the window; and whether it was the wind or the little black imp, I don't know, but all at once the window flew open and out fell the little Tin-soldier, head over heels, from the third- storey window!
Six, seven, eight Storey high, were the houses; storey piled upon storey, as children build with cards--throwing their dark shadows over the roughly paved road, and making the dark night darker.
As I leaned from the window my eye was caught by something moving a storey below me, and somewhat to my left, where I imagined, from the order of the rooms, that the windows of the Count's own room would look out.
They said no more on the subject till after dinner, when they were ensconced in Sir Nathaniel's study, which was on the top storey. Doom Tower was a lofty structure, situated on an eminence high up in the Peak.
Only, as he did not know what storey we live on, he failed to discover me behind my curtain, where I was but half visible.'
The compliant manager volunteered to ask some other gentleman, housed on the inferior upper storey (which was lit throughout with gas), to change rooms.