[hi-stawr-ik, -stor-]


well-known or important in history: a historic building; historic occasions.

Nearby words

  1. histoplasmoma,
  2. histoplasmosis,
  3. historian,
  4. historiaster,
  5. historiated,
  6. historic episcopate,
  7. historic places trust,
  8. historical,
  9. historical fiction,
  10. historical geology

Origin of historic

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

Related forms
Can be confusedhistoric historical hysterical

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British Dictionary definitions for historic



famous or likely to become famous in history; significant
Also: secondary linguistics (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit verb tenses) referring to past time


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

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Word Origin and History for historic



1660s, probably a back-formation from historical, perhaps influenced by French historique. What is historic is noted or celebrated in history; what is historical deals with history.

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