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[kruh-nol-uh-jee] /krəˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural chronologies.
the sequential order in which past events occur.
a statement of this order.
the science of arranging time in periods and ascertaining the dates and historical order of past events.
a reference work organized according to the dates of events.
Origin of chronology
First recorded in 1585-95; chrono- + -logy Unabridged
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  • It must be remembered that there is no parallelism in the chronology of the beginnings of the North and the South.

    Women of America John Rouse Larus
  • Again the chronology of the letters has been somewhat disregarded.

  • The works of Audubon are mentioned in the chronology at the beginning of the volume and in the text.

    John James Audubon John Burroughs
  • Similar disasters have always been epochs in the chronology of Boston.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Egypt, its chronology, mysteries and hieroglyphics were put aside.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • “Convalescents are often rather hazy about their chronology,” said the doctor.

    The Weathercock George Manville Fenn
  • The eight or ten pages devoted to chronology afford a clear and just insight into the old history of Siam.

British Dictionary definitions for chronology


noun (pl) -gies
the determination of the proper sequence of past events
the arrangement of dates, events, etc, in order of occurrence
a table or list of events arranged in order of occurrence
Derived Forms
chronologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for chronology

1590s, from Middle French chronologie or directly from Modern Latin chronologia; see chrono- + -logy. Related: Chronologer (1570s).

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