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  1. a chronicler of events, especially yearly ones; historian.
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Origin of annalist

1605–15; annal(s) + -ist, or < French annaliste
Related formsan·nal·is·tic, adjectivean·nal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedanalyst annalist
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Examples from the Web for annalistic

Historical Examples

  • It is from this date that our notes on the history of the Library can begin to assume an annalistic form.

    Annals of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, A.D. 1598-A.D. 1867

    William Dunn Macray

  • Monk as he is, William discards the older ecclesiastical models and the annalistic form.

  • For an account differing from this annalistic version, see ZCP i. 465.

Word Origin and History for annalistic



"one who keeps a chronicle of events by year," 1610s, from French analiste; see annals + -ist.

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