Middle English Dictionary Entry

stōrī(e n.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. histori(e n.
1.
(a) A narrative account, oral or written, of events that occurred or are believed to have occurred in the past, a story from history or accepted as history; a narrative drawn from the Bible or a saint's life, an account of a martyr, etc.; naked ~, an unvarnished account, a true story; (b) a narrative account, oral or written, of events which may be mythological or fictive, but which are accepted as quasi-historical by virtue of great age or long tradition; also, an invented tale with a plausible plot; (c) ~ makere (writer), the writer of a historical narrative; ~ quadrivialle, ?a four-part history; ?the history of the entire world; bok of (the) stories, a historical account or record, book of history; clerk (maister) of (the) stories, Peter Comestor, author of the Historia Scholastica; holi ~, the Bible, Holy Writ; (d) a literary or historical source; also, coll. & pl. the sources on which a narrative is based; (e) in titles: the ~ ecclesiastica, the chirches ~, the Historia Ecclesiastica of Eusebius; the ~ of the gospels, the section of Peter Comestor's Historia Scholastica recounting the Gospel narrative; stories (of bestes, the Historia Animalium of Aristotle; the thre-departed ~, the Historia Tripartita compiled by Cassiodorus, sometimes confused with Eusebius' Chronicle or his Historia Ecclesiastica [see 1st quot.].
2.
History as a branch of knowledge dealing with past events, the recorded knowledge of the past; historical narrative in general; bok of ~, a history; don in ~, to write (sth.) down, record; maken (writen) ~, record (write) history.
3.
A pictorial or sculptural representation of a historical subject, a depiction of a historical or pseudo-historical event or series of events, a depiction of a story from legend, the Bible, etc.; stories glasand, pictorial representations of historical subjects in glass; ~ gravinge, a sculptural or engraved representation of a historical subject.
4.
(a) An event or series of events or deeds which actually occurred or are believed to have occurred in the past, a historical or pseudo-historical incident; (b) fig. a predicament, development, circumstance.
5.
(a) A humorous anecdote; (b) yeven a ~ to, to make a fiction of something, ignore.
6.
(a) Meaning, sense, purport; ~ of wordes; (b) the literal or historical meaning of a text (as opposed to the allegorical and tropological senses).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: For an alternative interpretation of the phrase ~ quadrivialle in sense 1.(c), see notes attached to quadrivalle adj.