[ hi-stawr-ik, -stor- ]
/ hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr- /


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
Related forms
Can be confusedhistoric historical hysterical
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British Dictionary definitions for historic


/ (hɪˈstɒrɪk) /


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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