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 All chronicle life in the wilderness, but their message is more about families, dreams and living purposefully. Author: Roger Kaye, Anchorage Daily News, "In new documentary, ‘rewilding’ a home painstakingly crafted in the Alaska Bush," 22 June 2020 No one has undertaken a chronicle from Alaric’s point of view, a lacuna that makes this book worthwhile—and hard to pull off. The Economist, "Goths v Romans A brilliant Goth’s-eye view of the sack of Rome," 20 June 2020 From a granular Business Insider chronicle of recent events at Brex. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The ‘one transaction’ that could solve the racial wealth gap," 17 June 2020 Hell and Other Destinations by Madeleine Albright (Harper: $30) A chronicle of the former secretary of State’s life after leaving office. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Southern California Bestsellers: Fiction and nonfiction hardcovers," 7 May 2020 Shaw saves each day’s New York Times as a chronicle, but says there are internal efforts to form a timeline based on updates from CDC’s Emergency Operations Center. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the CDC Museum in Atlanta Is Documenting COVID-19 for Future Generations," 29 Apr. 2020 Wang’s idiosyncratic chronicle of a massively deceptive, horrifically cruel program hits very close to home for her. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘One Child Nation’ review: China’s population control policy provokes a gripping personal documentary," 15 Aug. 2019 Now 77, Johnson has released Betsey: A Memoir, a chronicle of her life so far, and a fashion legacy that’s, yes, cartwheeled her right into our hearts. Betsey Johnson, refinery29.com, "Betsey Johnson: Advice to My 26-Year-Old Self," 17 Apr. 2020 Surely that eternal task has never had so comprehensive a chronicle as this one. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Author in Chief’ finds the gold amid the dross of presidential memoirs," 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the floor lay more signs, awaiting installation, along with several large black-and-white prints by photographer Adrian White that artfully chronicle the protests that have taken place around L.A. Los Angeles Times, "How a South L.A. gallery is turning Black Lives Matter protest signs into art," 2 July 2020 The six episodes will chronicle Kaepernick's upbringing and the experiences that propelled him to become a national icon for protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Netflix to produce Ava DuVernay-led series on Colin Kaepernick," 29 June 2020 Razorfly's story is now in the hands of a Hollywood production company, which is pitching networks on a TV series that would chronicle the process of finding old cars and building them into rolling movie memorabilia. Talon Homer, Car and Driver, "The Cars Are the Stars: The Art of Replicating Hollywood's Famous Rides," 14 June 2020 Bellingcat is using many of the same basic techniques to collect and chronicle evidence of violent acts against journalists in the U.S. who are covering the civil rights protests. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘Simply for doing their jobs’: International monitors condemn attacks on U.S. press freedoms," 2 June 2020 Welcome to Refinery29’s Fertility Diaries, where people chronicle their joyous, painful, and sometimes complicated paths to parenthood. refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: Coronavirus Put IVF On Hold," 29 May 2020 Beato shadowed white female rappers to chronicle the industry’s search and examine the racial dynamics at the intersection of Black art and pop culture. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Power and Business of Hip-Hop: A Reading List on an American Art Form," 12 Sep. 2010 There are worries about grip strength, chronicles of boardroom handshake snubs, advice columns urging women to engage in flesh pressing and for men to tone down the macho bone-crusher routine when dealing with their colleagues. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The End of Handshakes—for Humans and for Robots," 27 May 2020 Some of the best movie series are completely grounded in reality, like the hilarious Bridget Jones chronicles or the Fast and Furious franchise. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The 27 Best Movie Series to Keep You Busy This Summer," 22 May 2020

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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 cronycle, borrowed from Anglo-French cronike, cronicle (-le perhaps by assimilation to words with the suffix -icle, as article article entry 1), borrowed from Latin chronica "book of annals," borrowed from Greek () chroniká, (hai) chronikaí, from plural of chronikós "of time, temporal, in order by time" (with a noun such as biblía "books" or graphaí "writings" understood) — more at chronic

Verb

Middle English cronyclen, verbal derivative of cronycle chronicle entry 1

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Time Traveler for chronicle

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The first known use of chronicle was in the 14th century

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chronicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chronicle. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for chronicle

chronicle

noun
How to pronounce chronicle (audio)

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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