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noun, plural chro·nol·o·gies.
  1. the sequential order in which past events occur.
  2. a statement of this order.
  3. the science of arranging time in periods and ascertaining the dates and historical order of past events.
  4. a reference work organized according to the dates of events.
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Origin of chronology

First recorded in 1585–95; chrono- + -logy
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  • Similar disasters have always been epochs in the chronology of Boston.

    Old News

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • In the prefaces Harrison speaks of a work on Chronology, "which I have yet in hand."

  • It is true that we cannot give our chronology any accurate expression in years.

    Time and Tide

    Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball

  • Again the chronology of the letters has been somewhat disregarded.

  • “Convalescents are often rather hazy about their chronology,” said the doctor.

    The Weathercock

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for chronology


noun plural -gies
  1. the determination of the proper sequence of past events
  2. the arrangement of dates, events, etc, in order of occurrence
  3. a table or list of events arranged in order of occurrence
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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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