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[kron-i-kuh lz]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. either of two books of the Old Testament, I Chronicles or II Chronicles. Abbreviation: I Chron., II Chron.
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  1. a chronological record of events; a history.
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verb (used with object), chron·i·cled, chron·i·cling.
  1. to record in or as in a chronicle.
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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


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  • Perhaps, at some future period, we may venture to open the chronicles of Mudfog.

  • She chronicles every stage of the misery, as though she had felt them all; and how unlike it she looks!

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • In fact, it is said by some of the chronicles of the times that he was born on the same day and hour with her.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

  • The chronicles say that he was the handsomest and most accomplished youth of the time.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • Only the chronicles of the burning hour can hold human attention where war is.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for chronicles


  1. (functioning as singular) either of two historical books (I and II Chronicles) of the Old Testament
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  1. a record or register of events in chronological order
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  1. (tr) to record in or as if in a chronicle
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Derived Formschronicler, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French cronicle, via Latin chronica (pl), from Greek khronika annals, from khronikos relating to time; see chronic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chronicles



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.

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c.1400, croniclen, from chronicle (n.). Related: Chronicled; chronicling.

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