[ kron-i-kuhlz ]
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noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. either of two books of the Old Testament, 1 Chronicles or 2 Chronicles. Abbreviations: 1 Chron., 2 Chron.

Origin of Chronicles

From Chronica, St. Jerome's translation of the Hebrew title of the book, Dibhrē Hayyāmīm, literally, “The words of, things of, matters of the Days,” equivalent to dibhrē, a plural form of dābhār + hayyāmīm, equivalent to hay-, a form of ha- “the” + yāmīm, plural of yōm; see origin at chronicle

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How to use Chronicles in a sentence

  • I did not anticipate that this application of the word to a modern use would extend outside the chapters of my own Chronicles.

  • We live to some extent in peace and comfort upon the results obtained for us by the Chronicles of our forefathers.

    Friends in Council | Arthur Helps
  • Another old friend, of whom former Chronicles were not silent, was at the Duchess's that night, and there came across Mrs. Finn.

    The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
  • And he commanded to bring the book of records of the Chronicles; and they were read before the king.

  • But such Chronicles of everlasting battles and sieges do not satisfy this generation.

British Dictionary definitions for Chronicles


/ (ˈkrɒnɪkəlz) /

  1. (functioning as singular) either of two historical books (I and II Chronicles) of the Old Testament

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