chronicle

noun
chron·​i·​cle | \ˈkrä-ni-kəl \

Definition of chronicle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a historical account of events arranged in order of time usually without analysis or interpretation a chronicle of the Civil War

2 : narrative sense 1 a chronicle of the struggle against drug traffickers

chronicle

verb
chronicled; chronicling\ -​k(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of chronicle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to present a record of in or as if in a chronicle chronicle Victorian society chronicle the doings of the rich and famous

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Verb

chronicler \ -​k(ə-​)lər \ noun

Examples of chronicle in a Sentence

Noun

a chronicle of the American Civil War a chronicle of the President's years in office

Verb

The book chronicles the events that led to the American Civil War. She intends to chronicle the broad social changes that have occurred in this part of the country. a magazine that chronicles the lives of the rich and famous
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The most significant exceptions to this dismal chronicle are Jonathan Wainwright and Robert Spenser. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018 Only once a year men step in to separate the young stallions from the herd, that was first mentioned in chronicles 700 years ago. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: German wranglers corral wild stallions," 27 May 2018 Twenty years into Gorillaz’s career, Mr. Hewlett’s online visual chronicles have been inventive and fun, but Mr. Albarn’s songs have been deeper and more durable. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Behind the Cartoon Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Is a Man Alone," 27 June 2018 Simpson’s chronicle of a 13-year effort to hold Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of the titanic American military contractor Halliburton, accountable for its role in the deaths of these impoverished workers. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Terrorists Killed 12 Nepalese Men. Was an American Military Contractor to Blame?," 15 June 2018 The chronicles of his journey and the lessons he's learned along the way outlined are outline in the book, out now via Crown/Penguin Random House. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "'The Third Door' Author Alex Banayan on Seeking Life Advice From Quincy Jones, Lady Gaga, Pitbull & More," 12 June 2018 Crystal Palace and the chronicle of Crystanbul finished the job a short while after. SI.com, "ON THIS DAY: 'The Slip' by Steven Gerrard That Cost Liverpool the Premier League Title," 27 Apr. 2018 This film's roots are firmly embedded in the spiritual soil of a country that has tried and failed again and again to detach itself from the clutch of an evil that taints not only our history but the chronicles of the entire world. Walter Mosley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Walter Mosley on 'In the Heat of the Night' at 50: Does Mister Tibbs Still Matter?," 1 Mar. 2018 In the midst of what is regularly the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest week of the year, one the greatest stars in the organization’s chronicle took her rightful place. Grant Gordon, latimes.com, "Rousey's UFC Hall of Fame induction is thank you to fans," 6 July 2018

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Boston’s rise as the biotech capital of the world has been well-chronicled. Bill Sibold, STAT, "Boston: the best city in the world to fail in biotech," 3 June 2018 The film chronicles the lives and loves of four slackety-slack-slack-slackers in early-nineties Houston. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "You’ve Reached the Winter of Our Discontent," 28 Mar. 2018 Some of Harvard’s blunders have been well-chronicled. Michael Mcdonald, Bloomberg.com, "Harvard Blew $1 Billion in Bet on Tomatoes, Sugar, and Eucalyptus," 1 Mar. 2018 There’s also something special about chronicling those big moments in such a voracious sports town. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Bulls — and Bulls beat writer — recall their favorite memories during Big3 stop at United Center," 2 July 2018 The film, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, chronicles Cahalan's curious disease, which perplexed doctors, until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NDMA receptor encephalitis, an exceptionally rare autoimmune disease. Houston Chronicle, "New Netflix movie explores disease studied by Houston doctor," 2 July 2018 The episode chronicles Zimmern's journey along the Pony Express' final 200 miles from Fort Churchill, Nev. to Sacramento, the 1,900-mile trail's end point, and will also air at midnight. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Pony Express-themed "Bizarre Foods" episode takes celebrity chef into Sacramento," 2 July 2018 Our latest documentary chronicles the Hilinski family’s search for answers in the aftermath of tragedy. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 Lawrence Schlossman, brand director at the re-seller startup Grailed, has followed these men for several years, chronicling their evolution via the Four Pins Twitter account (then blog, then just Twitter again), and his Failing Upwards podcast. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Pete Davidson and the Rise of the Scumbro," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of chronicle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chronicle

Noun

Middle English cronicle, from Anglo-French, alteration of chronike, from Latin chronica, from Greek chronika, from neuter plural of chronikos — see chronic

Verb

see chronicle entry 1

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chronicle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chronicle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a description of events in the order that they happened

chronicle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chronicle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to describe a series of events in the order that they happened

chronicle

noun
chron·​i·​cle | \ˈkrä-ni-kəl \

Kids Definition of chronicle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an account of events in the order that they happened : history

chronicle

verb
chronicled; chronicling

Kids Definition of chronicle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to record in the order of occurrence This chapter chronicles the events leading to the American Revolution.

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