noun, plural his·to·ries.
Origin of history
Examples from the Web for histories
Official teachings and histories were pretty much all that was available to most Mormons.
Official Mormon histories about Joseph Smith may have been misleading.
But so are plenty of histories that try to attack the prophet.
Many of us have tired of the blizzard of histories marking the sesquicentennial of the first years of the American Civil War.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed|Marc Wortman|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Together, they reveal their histories, teaching and learning from the shared tragedies of the past.A Camp Away From Terror: Where Israeli and Palestinian Kids Find Common Ground|Nina Strochlic|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He guessed at their names, their loves, their histories, as one guesses at those of unknown passers-by travelling the same road.The Secret Life |Elizabeth Bisland
The histories however that were circulated on the subject of oracles are exceedingly suspicious.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
What, after all we heard of her doings at Milan—after all the histories of her goddess-ship in every city of Italy?A Siren|Thomas Adolphus Trollope
In his histories proper the special motive for embellishment disappears, but the habit of inaccuracy remains.
The histories of which I have been speaking were founded in truth, though the personages are not real.
British Dictionary definitions for histories
noun plural -ries
- a record or account, often chronological in approach, of past events, developments, etc
- (as modifier)a history book; a history play
Word Origin for history
Word Origin and History for histories
late 14c., "relation of incidents" (true or false), from Old French estoire, estorie "chronicle, history, story" (12c., Modern French histoire), from Latin historia "narrative of past events, account, tale, story," from Greek historia "a learning or knowing by inquiry; an account of one's inquiries, history, record, narrative," from historein "inquire," from histor "wise man, judge," from PIE *wid-tor-, from root *weid- "to know," literally "to see" (see vision).
Related to Greek idein "to see," and to eidenai "to know." In Middle English, not differentiated from story; sense of "record of past events" probably first attested late 15c. As a branch of knowledge, from 1842. Sense of "systematic account (without reference to time) of a set of natural phenomena" (1560s) is now obsolete except in natural history.
One difference between history and imaginative literature ... is that history neither anticipates nor satisfies our curiosity, whereas literature does. [Guy Davenport, "Wheel Ruts," 1996]
Idioms and Phrases with histories
see ancient history; go down (in history); make history; (history) repeats itself.