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

Jonathan Player for The New York Times Min Hogg, founding editor of The World of Interiors magazine, the beloved, sumptuous chronicle of old world bohemianism, died on Monday at her home in London. New York Times, "Min Hogg, World of Interiors Editor, Dies at 80," 28 June 2019 The Powers That Be (1979), which focused on four exemplars of the era (CBS, Time Inc., The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times), was a chronicle of that world at its height. Paul Starr, The New York Review of Books, "Fall from Grace," 21 Mar. 2019 The presence of cameras at public events transformed mundane and forgettable occasions into moments in a chronicle of national struggle. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The presence of cameras at public events transformed mundane and forgettable occasions into moments in a chronicle of national struggle. Richard Vokes, The Conversation, "Thousands of recently discovered photographs document life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s reign," 25 June 2019 Often in black and white, these photos chronicle moments of everyday tenderness between LGBTQ people, especially lesbians, as well as historical landmarks (including, of course, the Stonewall Inn). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Lesbian ‘Propagandist’ Who Documented a Movement," 19 June 2019 Scribes traveled with Thutmose III’s forces and recorded the campaign’s details, an invaluable chronicle now known as the Annals of Thutmose III. National Geographic, "Was this ancient Egypt's greatest military leader?," 10 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Notable locals: Historian Hubert Howe Bancroft farmed olives and chronicled the crop at Helix Farms. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa & Mount Helix: The one-time silent-movie mecca still offers Secret Stairs and a famous climate," 30 June 2019 Los Angeles journalist Sesay covered the story for CNN, and her new book chronicles the kidnappings and follows three girls who managed to escape their abductors. Michael Schaub, latimes.com, "7 buzzworthy books to read this July," 28 June 2019 Sandberg posted her announcement a week after a Post story chronicled the moderators’ fight for better treatment at the Austin Accenture site. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "A Facebook contractor posted a video of Bruce Springsteen lyrics to his profile to protest working conditions. He was fired two weeks later.," 27 June 2019 Sandberg posted her announcement a week after a Washington Post story chronicled the moderators’ fight for better treatment at the Austin Accenture site. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Facebook contractor fired after posting Springsteen video in protest," 27 June 2019 Remember My Name chronicles Crosby’s rise, fall, and subsequent recovery through interviews, archival clips, and now-classic songs that continue to resonate beyond the baby boomer demographic. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "Classic Rock Is Reanimating Summer 2019's Movies," 27 June 2019 Rafi Letzer at LiveScience reports that Jean de Joinville, who chronicled the crusade, described the crusaders' gory ordeal. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fear of Foreign Food May Have Led to the Death of This Crusader King," 26 June 2019 Trufelman, who has a soothing yet engaging voice perfect for the medium, chronicles all the woes of this early American colony, from cannibalism to a stick of dynamite blowing up in John Smith’s lap. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year So Far," 21 June 2019 The Knot, Wedding Chicks and Betches Brides – had been following the engagement and chronicling the events on their own Instagrams, which gave the couple even wider exposure. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Influencer's extravagant "surprise" proposal was allegedly expertly planned and pitched to brands for sponsorships," 21 June 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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