a chronological record of events; a history.

verb (used with object), chron·i·cled, chron·i·cling.

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 formschron·i·cler, nounun·chron·i·cled, adjective

Synonyms for chronicle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chronicler

historian, recorder, historiographer, annalist

Examples from the Web for chronicler

Contemporary Examples of chronicler

  • He is the chronicler of a colorful fashion-loving world, famously traversing Manhattan on his bicycle.

  • She only wrote two novels, but they establish her as the chronicler of an ossified generation unable to move forward in life.

  • Jones was presented more heroically than he even had been in the press (he seemed to have bent the ear of the chronicler).

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    Why James Jones Quit

    The Daily Beast

    October 8, 2010

  • As any chronicler of the Tea Party movement knows, homemade signs are good evidence of what message the attendees want to send.

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    Left-Wing Crazies Take Their Turn

    John Avlon

    October 2, 2010

Historical Examples of chronicler

British Dictionary definitions for chronicler



a record or register of events in chronological order


(tr) to record in or as if in a chronicle
Derived Formschronicler, noun

Word Origin for chronicle

C14: from Anglo-French cronicle, via Latin chronica (pl), from Greek khronika annals, from khronikos relating to time; see chronic
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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.

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