mid-15c., narratif, "biographical, historical," from Late Latin narrativus "suited to narration," from Latin narrat-, stem of narrare "to tell, relate, recount, explain" (see narration). Meaning "of or pertaining to narration" is from c. 1600.
"a tale, a story, a connected account of the particulars of an event or series of incidents," 1560s, from French narrative and from narrative (adj.).
updated on December 07, 2020