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noun his·to·ry \ˈhis-t(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of history

  • : the study of past events

  • : events of the past

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

Full Definition of history

plural his·to·ries

  1. 1 :  tale, story

  2. 2 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>

  3. 3 :  a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events <medieval history>

  4. 4 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

Rhymes with history



HISTORY Defined for Kids

history

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noun his·to·ry \ˈhi-stə-rē\

Definition of history

plural his·to·ries

  1. 1 :  events of the past and especially those relating to a particular place or subject <European history>

  2. 2 :  a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events

  3. 3 :  a written report of past events <She wrote a history of the Internet.>

  4. 4 :  an established record of past events <His criminal history is well-known.>




Medical Dictionary

history

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noun his·to·ry \ˈhis-t(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of history

plural his·to·ries

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





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