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.
storey (plural storeys)
- (obsolete) A building; an edifice.
- (Britain) A floor or level of a building or ship.
- (typography) A vertical level in certain letters, such as a and g.