Narrative - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈnærətɪv|  American pronunciation of the word narrative
Brit.  |ˈnarətɪv|  British pronunciation of the word narrative
- 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 (syn: narration, story, tale)
his narrative was interesting
- consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story
narrative poetry


He is writing a detailed narrative of his life on the island.

People have questioned the accuracy of his narrative.

At several points in the narrative the two stories cross.

The film had a simple narrative structure.

The narrative moves backward and forward in time.

a dull narrative with stock characters

...the movie actually concatenates into one extended narrative several episodes from various books in the series...

...the author deliberately disjoints his narrative in favor of a more impressionistic account of the war...

The very completeness with which he has done his work leadens his narrative.

A few suspicious words here and there outcropped in the narrative.

The lad had uttered many wicked things, which I pretermitted in my narrative.

too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures

suspense is the very stuff of narrative

there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time

so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred

Word forms

singular: narrative
plural: narratives
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