- a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
- a book, literary work, etc., containing such a story.
- the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story: Somerset Maugham was a master of narrative.
- a story that connects and explains a carefully selected set of supposedly true events, experiences, or the like, intended to support a particular viewpoint or thesis: to rewrite the prevailing narrative about masculinity; the narrative that our public schools are failing.
- consisting of or being a narrative: a narrative poem.
- of or relating to narration, or the telling of a story: My English teacher’s narrative skill makes characters seem to come to life.
- Fine Arts. representing stories or events pictorially or sculpturally: narrative painting.Compare anecdotal(def 2).
- an account, report, or story, as of events, experiences, etc
- the narrative the part of a literary work that relates events
- the process or technique of narrating
- telling a storya narrative poem
- of or relating to narrationnarrative art
adj.mid-15c., from Middle French narratif, from Late Latin narrativus “suited to narration,” from Latin narrat-, stem of narrare (see narration). n.“a tale, story,” 1560s, from Middle French narrative and from narrative (adj.).