[ his-tuh-ree, his-tree ]
/ ˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs tri /

noun, plural his·to·ries.

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 )

synonym study for history

2. See narrative.


un·der·his·to·ry, noun, plural un·der·his·to·ries.un·his·to·ry, noun, plural un·his·to·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for history

/ (ˈhɪstərɪ, ˈhɪstrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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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Idioms and Phrases with history


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

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