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

The film will be narrated by Jamie Foxx and chronicle Rodman’s Hall of Fame career and infamous exploits on and off the court. Los Angeles Times, "Column: U.S. women’s soccer needs investment in domestic league," 10 Aug. 2019 The files from 1965 to 1985 chronicle accusations against Boy Scout leaders that ranged from child abuse to lesser offenses. oregonlive.com, "Boy Scouts of America face hundreds of new sexual abuse allegations," 6 Aug. 2019 By the time Whitman died in 1892, Traubel had accumulated about five thousand pages of these conversations, a monumental chronicle of Whitman’s reflections, ruminations, analyses, and affirmations. Brenda Wineapple, The New York Review of Books, "‘I Have Let Whitman Alone’," 18 Apr. 2019 This wonderful novel, part comedy and part tragedy, is a brilliant coda to Paul Scott’s famous chronicle of the British Raj’s final years. Alison Lurie, WSJ, "Five Best: Alison Lurie on Heroines Over 50," 26 Apr. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The series, which chronicles the adventures of a 1950s New York City housewife who is making a career as a stand-up comic, spent a few days at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ soaks up the sun at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach," 8 Aug. 2019 Drummond’s 3-point work was well-chronicled last offseason and first-year coach Dwane Casey gave him the greenlight. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond reveals his one beer-per-day diet," 5 Aug. 2019 Kylee’s mother and relatives keep a Facebook page that chronicles what some see as her persecution by Oregon child welfare authorities and doctors. oregonlive.com, "Wilsonville mom loses bid to treat 13-year-old’s cancer with CBD, not surgery," 1 Aug. 2019 This is especially apparent on her Instagram feed, which chronicle her every move with effortless selfies and sneak peeks at her life. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Of Zendaya’s Instagram Selfies," 24 July 2019 On Tuesday, Beyoncé received three Emmy nominations for Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, the acclaimed Netflix special that chronicles the inner workings of her 2018 Coachella headliner performance (in total, the documentary received six nominations). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Beyoncé Reach EGOT Status This Upcoming Awards Season?," 17 July 2019 Nor should it be read as an apology for Huawei’s record of stealing intellectual property, which has been well chronicled. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "What Trump’s Huawei Reversal Means for the Future of 5G," 1 July 2019 McGuinn tells his tale in Echo in the Canyon (now in theaters), which chronicles the Laurel Canyon music scene that flourished between 1965 and 1967 in the bucolic hills above Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "Classic Rock Is Reanimating Summer 2019's Movies," 27 June 2019 Williamson’s athletic exploits are well-chronicled. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas product Jaxson Hayes will be key part of new-look Pelicans," 26 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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