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

Turnour also studied a later chronicle of Sri Lankan history, the Culavamsa, which told the story of King Kashyapa. National Geographic, "The 'Lion Fortress' of Sri Lanka was swallowed by the jungle," 3 Sep. 2019 The majority of the book is a chronicle of the annual parade, told in newspaper clippings and personal accounts. al, "Mardi Gras history re-evaluates the marque of Cain," 22 Aug. 2019 But a heady combination of Shakespearean drama, slap-you-in-the-face-smart dialogue, and a roster of thoroughly depraved antiheroes quietly positioned it as the next must-watch chronicle of power-playing intrigue. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Won the Succession Game of Thrones This Week?," 12 Aug. 2019 Most of it reads like a chronicle of a mundane work trip. Ginger Thompson, ProPublica, "A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children," 16 July 2019 The results of that labor of love is a staggering chronicle that lives and breathes on Gildea’s Facebook page, sorted alphabetically in photo albums of each school. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Jeff Gildea will continue to visit Indiana's fading gyms as long as cancer lets him," 11 June 2019 Bold writers can draw on the daily chronicles of hypocrisy and clampdowns recorded by a lively press. L.t. | Kampala, The Economist, "The writers breathing fresh life into Ugandan literature," 23 Aug. 2019 Monday, the highest bidder walks away with the largest photographic chronicle of the black American experience: the Ebony archives. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "Black history is for sale in Chicago. Whoever owns the culture, controls the narrative," 22 July 2019 Mention of it can be found in medieval chronicles of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, only a few generations after the Magyars converted from paganism to Christianity. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019

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Aunt Lydia is one of The Testaments‘ three central narrators, a group of women whose stories converge to chronicle the rise and fall of the totalitarian theocracy. Lucy Feldman, Time, "Ann Dowd and More Will Narrate the Testaments Audiobook. Here's What TV's Aunt Lydia Had to Say About the Handmaid's Tale Sequel," 4 Sep. 2019 It's been nearly three years since Austyn Tester let a documentary crew into his life to chronicle his attempt to become internet famous. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "In 2019, Jawline's Austyn Tester Is Still Trying To Find His Following," 24 Aug. 2019 To chronicle the love story detailed in the tune, the music video opens with a little girl unwrapping a snowglobe Christmas gift. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Taylor Swift Releases "Lover" Music Video," 22 Aug. 2019 In the summer of 2019, Fox News embarked on an ambitious project to chronicle the toll progressive policies have had on the homeless crisis in four West Coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "San Francisco homeless stats soar: city blames big business, residents blame officials," 21 Aug. 2019 No place to chronicle the exploits of the beloved high school hockey teams. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Turmoil inside the L.A. Times as weak digital subscription numbers spark all-staff meeting," 2 Aug. 2019 No place to chronicle the exploits of the beloved high school hockey teams. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Dying Gasp of One Local Newspaper," 1 Aug. 2019 In return, our promise is to chronicle the best of Arizona, expose the worst and deeply examine the issues that matter most to you. Greg Burton, azcentral, "From our executive editor: More content will be available exclusively to subscribers," 21 July 2019 The Fever had all kinds of travel issues, and center Natalie Achonwa was there to chronicle the whole thing. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever make the best of travel issues from Seattle to Indianapolis," 24 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

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

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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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