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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Similar disasters have always been epochs in the chronology of Boston.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In the prefaces Harrison speaks of a work on chronology, "which I have yet in hand."

  • It is true that we cannot give our chronology any accurate expression in years.

    Time and Tide

    Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball
  • Again the chronology of the letters has been somewhat disregarded.

  • “Convalescents are often rather hazy about their chronology,” said the doctor.

    The Weathercock George Manville Fenn
  • There may be some difference as to chronology, none as to fact.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • But these were two whom topography and chronology would have brought to a close.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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