Definition of storey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially British English) (especially US English story) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈstɔːri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɔːri//
    (pl. storeys, (North American English)stories) Parts of a house
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  1. 1a level of a building; a floor the upper/lower storey of the house a single-storey/two-storey building see also multi-storey Which Word?storey / floor You use storey (British English)/story (North American English) mainly when you are talking about the number of levels a building has:a five-storey house The office building is five storeys high. Floor is used mainly to talk about which particular level in the building someone lives on, goes to, etc:His office is on the fifth floor. note at floor See related entries: Parts of a house
  2. 2-storeyed (British English) (North American English -storied) (in adjectives) (of a building) having the number of levels mentioned a four-storeyed building
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: shortening of Latin historia ‘history, story’, a special use in Anglo-Latin, perhaps originally denoting a tier of painted windows or sculptures on the front of a building (representing a historical subject).Extra examples He jumped out of the second-storey/​second-story window. I live on the top storey. The building is four storeys/​stories high. The building is four storeys high. The house has three storeys. The kitchen occupies the lower storey. They plan to add an extra storey. a five-storey house a single-storey/​two-storey/​three-storey building