chronicle play



a drama based on historical material, usually consisting of a series of short episodes or scenes arranged chronologically.

Origin of chronicle play

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called chronicle history. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of chronicle play

  • But the chronicle-play is a species apart, and practically an extinct species: we need not pause to study its methods.


    William Archer

British Dictionary definitions for chronicle play

chronicle play


a drama based on a historical subject
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