chronicle

noun
chron·​i·​cle | \ ˈkrä-ni-kəl How to pronounce chronicle (audio) \

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\ ˈkrä-​ni-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce chronicling (audio) \

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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Other Words from chronicle

Verb

chronicler \ ˈkrä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce chronicler (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To read along in such a chronicle is like watching an expert carver give shape to something otherwise formless or burdened by a profusion of material. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 Interpretive panels in the handsome old barn chronicle the history of the property and McLaughlin’s horticultural legacy. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 That leaves disorienting gaps in an otherwise electrifying first-person chronicle. Sheri Linden, latimes.com, "1980s rap drama 'Roxanne Roxanne' crackles with power of sisterhood," 22 Mar. 2018 Toné!, among them — to tell a story that intertwines a chronicle of music with the story of Southern migration to the Bay Area and the politics that have shaped the region. Pam Grady, San Francisco Chronicle, "Documentary brings West Oakland’s musical legacy to light," 28 Mar. 2018 At times, though, the chronicle bogs down in accounts of recording sessions and show dates, blitzing the reader with too much minutiae. Eddie Dean, WSJ, "‘Bill Monroe’ and ‘Blue Grass Generation’ Review: The Blue Grass Boy," 27 Sep. 2018 Her story bridges, much as Couto himself does, various narrative modes: the epistolary and the oracular, the chronicle of the colonial expedition and the fabulism of a universe unbounded by time. Sheila Glaser, New York Times, "A Fable of Mozambique, Its Bloodshed and Myths," 8 June 2018 Image An eye-opening chronicle of French dining from 1846 has just been fully translated into English. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Glimpse Into Parisian Dining Life," 25 June 2018 This latest biography of Williams is an engaging and intimate chronicle of the cultural icon who took America by storm 40 years ago. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "The sad, funny, tragic life of Robin Williams (and why Pam Dawber forgives him): Review," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Journal’s Jillian Kay Melchior has chronicled the marketplace penalties applied by customers to universities embracing extreme identity politics. James Freeman, WSJ, "No Men Allowed," 22 Feb. 2019 Many of those works have appeared in Vogue; with subjects such as Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Michelle Obama, and Stormy Daniels, Leibovitz has chronicled many eras in fashion, pop culture, and politics in the pages of the magazine. Vogue, "Annie Leibovitz on Her Multifaceted Career: “I Learned So Much About Photography From Fashion Photography”," 11 Oct. 2018 The experts have also chronicled the damages from coalition air strikes, the single most lethal force in the fighting, over the last year. Jamey Keaten, Fox News, "Experts: UAE, Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen," 28 Aug. 2018 His raptor maneuvers have been chronicled in many contexts, notably as part of Brewers minor leaguer/media star Tim Dillard's video series. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clash at Coors Field: Milwaukee 'Raptor' takes on a purple triceratops," 11 May 2018 Media accounts have chronicled pieces of that investigation, as well as the Covington area home invasion that first thrust Mario Zelaya into the news. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Missing Mississippi teen is possibly with former teacher accused of sex crime: report," 2 May 2018 Ward chronicles Jared's upbringing in a close knit and wealthy family in New Jersey. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Josh Kushner’s Parents Apparently Banned Karlie Kloss From Family Gatherings," 19 Mar. 2019 The new Netflix series, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, chronicles the mysterious case that took the British media by storm. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Who Are Madeleine McCann's Parents? What to Know About Kate and Gerry McCann," 14 Mar. 2019 Moskowitz chronicles its destruction, from tree to toilet paper. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "David Moskowitz captures the beauty — and fragility — of the Northwest’s mountain caribou," 11 Feb. 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce chronicle (audio) \

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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