Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[kron-i-kuh l] /ˈkrɒn ɪ kəl/
a chronological record of events; a history.
verb (used with object), chronicled, chronicling.
to record in or as in a chronicle.
Origin of chronicle
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
2. recount, relate, narrate, report. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for chronicler
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Perceval de Cagny, who was in the pay of the Duke of Alençon, is the only chronicler to suggest it, p. 173.

  • The world is all before her, and her chronicler may not be her guide.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • It is, however, an unmistakable piece of the chronicler's own composition.

  • Woman was no longer the captive of the seraglio, nor the chronicler of small beer.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • This chronicler of folly and bad manners would not be human if he omitted the noble woman of Rome from his picture.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • This catastrophe, as we say, the chronicler ascribes to divine intervention.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
British Dictionary definitions for chronicler


a record or register of events in chronological order
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for chronicler

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



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.


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chronicle

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chronicler

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for chronicler