noun his·to·ry \ˈhis-t(ə-)rē\

: the study of past events

: events of the past

: past events that relate to a particular subject, place, organization, etc.

plural his·to·ries

Full Definition of HISTORY

:  tale, story
a :  a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes
b :  a treatise presenting systematically related natural phenomena
c :  an account of a patient's medical background
d :  an established record <a prisoner with a history of violence>
:  a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events <medieval history>
a :  events that form the subject matter of a history
b :  events of the past
c :  one that is finished or done for <the winning streak was history> <you're history>
d :  previous treatment, handling, or experience (as of a metal)

Examples of HISTORY

  1. I studied history in college.
  2. a professor of medieval history
  3. They were one of the greatest teams in history.
  4. It was one of the most destructive storms in modern history.
  5. It was a period in American history when most people lived and worked on farms.
  6. The history of space exploration is a fascinating topic.
  7. He wrote a well-known history of the British empire.
  8. The book begins with a brief history of the Internet.

Origin of HISTORY

Middle English histoire, historie, from Anglo-French estoire, histoire, from Latin historia, from Greek, inquiry, history, from histōr, istōr knowing, learned; akin to Greek eidenai to know — more at wit
First Known Use: 14th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

Rhymes with HISTORY

HISTORY Defined for Kids


noun his·to·ry \ˈhi-stə-rē\
plural his·to·ries

Definition of HISTORY for Kids

:  events of the past and especially those relating to a particular place or subject <European history>
:  a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events
:  a written report of past events <She wrote a history of the Internet.>
:  an established record of past events <His criminal history is well-known.>
Medical Dictionary


noun his·to·ry \ˈhis-t(ə-)rē\
plural his·to·ries

Medical Definition of HISTORY

:  an account of a patient's family and personal background and past and present health
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