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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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

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 This haunting, lightly fictionalized chronicle provides strikingly authentic evocations of the tension, shock and fear of battle. Robert Kershaw, WSJ, "Five Best: Robert Kershaw on the Best Accounts of D-Day," 14 Dec. 2018 Below, a brief chronicle of the women who spoke truth to power this year and rocked the status quo. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018 This intermittently rousing procedural chronicles how the news company took a skeptical stance toward the Bush administration’s case for war. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Shock and Awe,’ Journalists Expose Gaps in Case for Iraq War," 12 July 2018 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

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A month before the royal wedding, King hosted the television special Meghan Markle: An American Princess on CBS, which chronicled the new duchess' life–from grade school to her time on Suits–leading up to her stunning nuptials to Prince Harry. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Gayle King's Friendship: Everything We Know," 21 Feb. 2019 Those chronicling Chloë Sevigny appearances on the runway can add another to the list. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“It Just Makes You Feel Otherworldly;” Chloë Sevigny Takes a Runway Turn at Simone Rocha," 17 Feb. 2019 As Express reports, Nicholl wrote about the incident in her 2011 book, The Making of a Royal Romance, which chronicled Will and Kate's relationship. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Said "No, I Don't Think So" When Asked About Marrying Kate Middleton Back in 2005," 22 Dec. 2018 There’s even a photographer, contracted by the USAF, to chronicle the stripping and wiring of the journalist. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 But unlike Feud, Fosse/Verdon is a love story, chronicling the creative and romantic partnership between director and choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell), and his muse, dancer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fosse/Verdon: Everything We Know," 8 Feb. 2019 As Texas Tech’s Gretchen Adams chronicled in her book The Specter of Salem, the witch trials served several political purposes in the intervening centuries. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s favorite slander against Robert Mueller’s investigation has a very long history.," 26 Jan. 2019 Lili and Cole spent the 2018 Blood Moon lunar eclipse together, and chronicled the LOL adventure on Instagram. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Best Moments of 2018," 28 Dec. 2018 At the Art Institute of Chicago, indulge in the work of John Singer Sargent, who chronicled the lively, rich spirit of the Gilded Age with landscapes, watercolors, and murals. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Things to Do in Chicago This Labor Day," 31 Aug. 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 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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