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chronicle

[kron-i-kuh l] /ˈkrɒn ɪ kəl/
noun
1.
a chronological record of events; a history.
verb (used with object), chronicled, chronicling.
2.
to record in or as in a chronicle.
Origin of chronicle
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English cronicle < Anglo-French, variant, with -le -ule, of Old French cronique < Medieval Latin cronica (feminine singular), Latin chronica (neuter plural) < Greek chroniká annals, chronology; see chronic
Related forms
chronicler, noun
unchronicled, adjective
Synonyms
2. recount, relate, narrate, report.
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  • His chronicler opines that it was a letter that must have moved a stone to tears.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • To the chronicler these incidents appeal for that very reason.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • The historian must be more than a chronicler and an interpreter.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • It is to him that the chronicler William of Malmesbury dedicated his work.

  • I cannot agree with the German chronicler's estimate of Rudolph.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • The world is all before her, and her chronicler may not be her guide.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for chronicler

chronicle

/ˈkrɒnɪkəl/
noun
1.
a record or register of events in chronological order
verb
2.
(transitive) to record in or as if in a chronicle
Derived Forms
chronicler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French cronicle, via Latin chronica (pl), from Greek khronika annals, from khronikos relating to time; see chronic
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Word Origin and History for chronicler
n.

early 15c., agent noun from chronicle (v.).

chronicle

n.

c.1300, cronicle, from Anglo-French cronicle, from Old French cronique "chronicle" (Modern French chronique), from Latin chronica (neuter plural mistaken for fem. singular), from Greek ta khronika (biblia) "the (books of) annals, chronology," neuter plural of khronikos "of time." Ending modified in Anglo-French, perhaps by influence of article. Old English had cranic "chronicle," cranicwritere "chronicler." The classical -h- was restored in English from 16c.

chronicle

v.

c.1400, croniclen, from chronicle (n.). Related: Chronicled; chronicling.

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