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.

Origin of chronology

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

Examples from the Web for chronology

Contemporary Examples of chronology

  • And what McGrath is especially good at doing is painstakingly reconstructing the chronology.

  • President Bush, in my view, wisely decided not to make his book a chronology of his administration.

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    The George Bush I Know

    Mark McKinnon

    November 8, 2010

  • According to the new CIA chronology, that was the first briefing at which the subject of waterboarding was raised.

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    What Did Pelosi Know?

    Scott Horton

    May 11, 2009

Historical Examples of chronology

  • 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

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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