[ hi-stawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, -stohr- ]

noun,plural his·to·ri·og·ra·phies.
  1. the body of literature dealing with historical matters; histories collectively.

  2. the body of techniques, theories, and principles of historical research and presentation; methods of historical scholarship.

  1. the narrative presentation of history based on a critical examination, evaluation, and selection of material from primary and secondary sources and subject to scholarly criteria.

  2. an official history: medieval historiographies.

Origin of historiography

1560–70; <Middle French historiographie<Greek historiographía.See history, -o-, -graphy

Other words from historiography

  • his·to·ri·o·graph·ic [hi-stawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, -stohr-], /hɪˌstɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, -ˌstoʊr-/, his·to·ri·o·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • his·to·ri·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby historiography

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How to use historiography in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for historiography


/ (ˌhɪstɔːrɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

  1. the writing of history

  2. the study of the development of historical method, historical research, and writing

  1. any body of historical literature

Derived forms of historiography

  • historiographic (hɪˌstɔːrɪəˈɡræfɪk) or historiographical, adjective

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