[ hi-stawr-ik, -stor- ]
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  1. well-known or important in history: a historic building; historic occasions.

Origin of historic

1605–15; <Latin historicus<Greek historikós historical, scientific, equivalent to histor(ía) inquiry (see history) + -ikos-ic

Other words for historic

Other words from historic

  • non·his·tor·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·his·tor·ic, adjective
  • qua·si-his·tor·ic, adjective
  • sem·i·his·tor·ic, adjective
  • su·per·his·tor·ic, adjective
  • un·his·tor·ic, adjective

Words that may be confused with historic

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How to use historic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for historic


/ (hɪˈstɒrɪk) /

  1. famous or likely to become famous in history; significant

  1. Also: secondary linguistics (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit verb tenses) referring to past time

usage For historic

A distinction is usually made between historic (important, significant) and historical (pertaining to history): a historic decision; a historical perspective

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