from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrated account; a story.
  • n. The art, technique, or process of narrating.
  • adj. Consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story: narrative poetry.
  • adj. Of or relating to narration: narrative skill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Telling a story.
  • adj. Being overly talkative; garrulous.
  • n. The systematic recitation of an event or series of events.
  • n. That which is narrated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to narration; relating to the particulars of an event or transaction.
  • adj. Apt or inclined to relate stories, or to tell particulars of events; story-telling; garrulous.
  • n. That which is narrated; the recital of a story; a continuous account of the particulars of an event or transaction; a story.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to narration or the act of relating the details of a transaction or an event: as, narrative skill.
  • Given to narration or the telling of stories and the recounting of incidents and events.
  • n. That which is narrated; a connected account of the particulars of an event or transaction, or series of incidents; a relation or narration; a story.
  • n. The art of narrating or recounting in detail: as, he is very skilful in narrative.
  • n. Synonyms Account, Relation, Narrative, etc. See account.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story
  • n. 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


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