oral history


noun

information of historical or sociological importance obtained usually by tape-recorded interviews with persons whose experiences and memories are representative or whose lives have been of special significance.
a book, article, recording, or transcription of such information.

Nearby words

  1. oral biology,
  2. oral cavity,
  3. oral contraceptive,
  4. oral eroticism,
  5. oral herpes,
  6. oral hygiene,
  7. oral hygienist,
  8. oral interpretation,
  9. oral lactose tolerance test,
  10. oral law

Origin of oral history

First recorded in 1970–75

Related formsoral historian, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for oral history

oral history

noun

the memories of living people about events or social conditions which they experienced in their earlier lives taped and preserved as historical evidence
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