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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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 When Amy finally takes action on her pregnancy, the scene that follows gives, in what must be one of the first instances in Western drama, an unvarnished and unabbreviated chronicle of female reproductive pain. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young womanhood sopping wet with bodily fluids in Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 This loss was only the start of a years-long harassment campaign against the Capital Gazette, chronicled partially in an unsettling Twitter feed that appears to belong to the suspect. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Five newspaper staff killed by man who sued them for covering his online threats and harassment," 29 June 2018 Every week, a writer set up two people on a blind date and chronicled their experiences. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "I Was a Successful 19-Year-Old Matchmaker and Totally Clueless About My Own Love Life," 26 June 2018 Senior Airman Montse Belleau, photographer, chronicled the visit and the Air Force cleared the following images for public release. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 To buy: $9.99, amazon.com Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991) Directed by Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr, and George Hickenlooper, this documentary chronicles the filming of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic of the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Now. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "Classic Documentaries Everyone Should See at Least Once," 18 June 2018 As Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Meredith Crowley of the University of Cambridge chronicled in a 2016 research paper, there has been an explosion of other trade barriers in recent years. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: There are ‘nuggets of truth’ to what Trump says about trade," 10 June 2018 The Experience Surgeons and patients often eagerly chronicle their experiences through social media, sharing impressive before and after photos. Erin Nicole Celletti, Allure, "The Complete Guide to Breast Augmentation," 10 Apr. 2018 The play starts with Moses' sermon, then chronicles Jesus' life through biblical stories. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Long-running Easter Passion Play will end 41-year run in North Chicago," 29 Mar. 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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