[his-tuh-ree, his-tree]

noun, plural his·to·ries.

Nearby words

  1. historied,
  2. historify,
  3. historiographer,
  4. historiography,
  5. historrhexis,
  6. histosol,
  7. histotome,
  8. histotomy,
  9. histotoxic,
  10. histotoxic anoxia

Origin of history

1350–1400; Middle English historie < Latin historia < Greek historía “learning or knowing by inquiry, history”; derivative of hístōr “one who knows or sees” (akin to wit2, video, Veda )

Related formsun·der·his·to·ry, noun, plural un·der·his·to·ries.un·his·to·ry, noun, plural un·his·to·ries.

Synonym study

2. See narrative.

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British Dictionary definitions for history


noun plural -ries

  1. a record or account, often chronological in approach, of past events, developments, etc
  2. (as modifier)a history book; a history play
all that is preserved or remembered of the past, esp in written form
the discipline of recording and interpreting past events involving human beings
past events, esp when considered as an aggregate
an event in the past, esp one that has been forgotten or reduced in importancetheir quarrel was just history
the past, background, previous experiences, etc, of a thing or personthe house had a strange history
computing a stored list of the websites that a user has recently visited
a play that depicts or is based on historical events
a narrative relating the events of a character's lifethe history of Joseph Andrews
Abbreviation (for senses 1–3): hist

Word Origin for history

C15: from Latin historia, from Greek: enquiry, from historein to narrate, from histōr judge

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Word Origin and History for history


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Idioms and Phrases with history


see ancient history; go down (in history); make history; (history) repeats itself.

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