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short story

noun [C] uk   us  
an invented story that is no more than about 10,000 words in length: He published a book of short stories.
Translations of “short story”
in Chinese (Traditional) 短篇小說(長度一般不超過一萬個字)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 短篇小说(长度一般不超过1万个单词)…
(Definition of short story from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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