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

Examples from the Web for chronicling

Contemporary Examples of chronicling

Historical Examples of chronicling

  • And those dates there, chronicling but the mysterious, unrevealed record of some obscure, loving heart!

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Johnson describes Mrs. Barbauld as suckling fools and chronicling small beer.

    A Book of Sibyls

    Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)

  • The latter claims having beat Hudson yesterday by an hour and ten minutes in chronicling the "England."

  • It announced in large head-lines, as befitted the chronicling of such an event, the death of Mr. William Lancaster, capitalist.

    Gordon Keith

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • I believe that there are tablets erected at the University of Pennsylvania chronicling our priority.

British Dictionary definitions for chronicling



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 chronicling



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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