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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is a book that bills itself as a chronicle of your fortieth year—a year in which many people relied on you to get them through life-changing events. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Glynnis MacNicol's No One Tells You This Puts a Happy Single Woman at the Center," 16 July 2018 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

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And throughout New York City’s transition from a place where a middle-class person could maybe make a living opening and running a business to a place where, well, good luck with that, there’s been one person chronicling it all: Jeremiah Moss. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Not even shopping locally can save your favorite mom-and-pop — the problem is much, much bigger than that.," 21 Nov. 2018 In a Twitter thread, Albright chronicled how conservatives were able to reach a much wider audience with their hoax claims on Instagram, using various features of the platform. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How platforms are driving users to misinformation about mail bombs," 27 Oct. 2018 Journalists from around the world chronicled every development, great or small, and even the president of the United States has expressed a newfound interest in the topic of reuniting children with their families. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The world shows its love to kids in a Thai cave. We need that same love for kids at the border | Will Bunch," 8 July 2018 The chronic low-keyness of the voices on that podcast stands in stark contrast to the terrifying history chronicled on the show. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "Seduce Me! The Untainted Sweet Sounds of Accent-Riddled Podcasts," 1 June 2018 Each of the 84 represents a real man who died by suicide, and their individual stories are chronicled on the Project 84 website. Mercedes Leguizamon And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "Here's why 84 male figures are standing on the edges of London rooftops," 26 Mar. 2018 But just days after all of these head-spinning interactions, many of which Seals chronicled on social media, a difficult reality came calling. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Here’s why the spotlight is back on Weatherford QB Ken Seals," 18 Jan. 2018 As Business Insider recently chronicled, Barbara and George met at a dance during Christmas vacation in 1942. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: George Bush Reportedly Said This to Barbara Every Night During Their 73 Years of Marriage," 13 June 2018 For more than 170 years Scientific American has ably chronicled how advances in science and technology have advanced discovery and shaped the world. Mariette Dichristina, Scientific American, "Our Planet, Ourselves: How Climate Change Results in Emerging Diseases," 1 May 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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