storey

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From Middle English story, from Medieval Latin historia (narrative), from Latin, possibly from narratives painted on medieval buildings.

An alternative etymology derives Middle English story from Old French *estoree (a thing built, building), from estoree (built), feminine past participle of estorer (to build), from Latin instaurare (to construct, build, erect), but this seems unlikely since historia already had this meaning in Anglo-Latin.

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storey (plural storeys)

  1. (obsolete) A building; an edifice.
  2. A floor or level of a building or ship.
    For superstitious reasons, many buildings number their 13th storey as 14, bypassing 13 entirely.
  3. (typography) A vertical level in certain letters, such as a and g.
    The IPA symbol for a voiced velar stop is the single-storey Opentail g.svg, not the double-storey Looptail g.svg.

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