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

Hollar was so celebrated for his beautiful and authentic renditions that he was entrusted not only with making copies of others’ artworks but also with chronicling places and making maps. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints From the Frank Raysor Collection’ Review: A Master Who Copied Masters," 29 Mar. 2019 Matt Dillon stars as a serial killer named Jack, and the film chronicles five of Jack’s most pivotal killings — which involve the gruesome dismemberment of children and a scene that can only be described as misogynistic human taxidermy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Critics called Lars von Trier’s new movie “repulsive.” It’s being released twice.," 6 Dec. 2018 Welcome to Season 2 of Home of the Future, a six-part video series co-produced by Curbed and The Verge that chronicles the buildout of a prefab home in Austin, Texas—designed with cutting-edge technology, sustainability, and innovation in mind. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where the ‘home of the future’ goes from here," 10 Sep. 2018 The actor-slash-model regularly posts Instagram Stories that candidly chronicle her training. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Shoulders and Core With Shay Mitchell’s Dynamic Plank Walks," 1 Aug. 2018 You’d be forgiven for thinking that Fosse/Verdon, FX’s latest sumptuous, detailed period piece chronicling a remarkable true story, is a Ryan Murphy production. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Real Relationship Between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon," 9 Apr. 2019 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

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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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