noun, plural his·to·ries.
Origin of history
Examples from the Web for history
As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
Certain features of its history suggest why this may be the case.
The well, ghost or no ghost, is certainly a piece of history with a bold presence.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Do you want to be on the wrong side of history, Academy?Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Finding the shop is a trip in itself and an introduction to a slice of history.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But history does not record a heavier responsibility than that which rests upon the decaying Church.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy|Jacob Burckhardt
All the things I know—legends, history, poetry, haven't any roots at all.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
The performers had chosen a play taken from Persian history.The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes|Toms de Comyn
History, too, has its dotted lines, where supposition fills up gaps for which we have no certain information.Terre Napoleon|Ernest Scott
In 1759 this portion of the work appeared, and in 1761 the work was completed by the history of the pre-Tudor periods.
British Dictionary definitions for history
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 history
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 history
see ancient history; go down (in history); make history; (history) repeats itself.