[ kruh-nol-uh-jee ]
/ krəˈnɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural chro·nol·o·gies.

the sequential order in which past events occur.
a statement of this order.
the science of arranging time in periods and ascertaining the dates and historical order of past events.
a reference work organized according to the dates of events.

Nearby words

  1. chronological,
  2. chronological age,
  3. chronological order,
  4. chronologist,
  5. chronologize,
  6. chronometer,
  7. chronometric,
  8. chronometry,
  9. chronon,
  10. chronooncology

Origin of chronology

First recorded in 1585–95; chrono- + -logy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chronology


/ (krəˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

the determination of the proper sequence of past events
the arrangement of dates, events, etc, in order of occurrence
a table or list of events arranged in order of occurrence
Derived Formschronologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for chronology



1590s, from Middle French chronologie or directly from Modern Latin chronologia; see chrono- + -logy. Related: Chronologer (1570s).

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