chro·​nol·​o·​gy | \ krə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce chronology (audio) \
plural chronologies

Definition of chronology

1 : the science that deals with measuring time by regular divisions and that assigns to events their proper dates
2 : a chronological table, list, or account a chronology of the author's works
3 : an arrangement (as of events) in order of occurrence reconstruct the chronology of the trip The book provides a chronology of events leading up to the American Civil War.

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History is much more than a simple chronology of events, but keeping events in chronological order is the first essential step in thinking about it. When, for example, historians try to show how World War I prepared the way for World War II, tracking the chronology of the events in the years between the two wars can help in explaining a complicated historical era.

Examples of chronology in a Sentence

We tried to reconstruct the chronology of the accident. The book provides a chronology of the events leading up to the American Civil War.

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Investigators also believe that Adams allegedly shot and killed Bracke and Hanen, before returning to his residence with his wife and son inside, but the chronology of events beyond that moment is currently unknown. Joelle Goldstein,, "Calif. Man, His Wife and Son Among 5 Dead After 'Ongoing Dispute' at Mobile Home Park Turns Deadly," 25 June 2019 The first is called 865. 865 is a chronology of every Instagram photo Vanderperre has posted on his account, @willyvanderperre, since the publication of his first Insta-book, 635, in 2015. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Willy Vanderperre Makes His Instagram IRL With a New Trio of Books," 3 May 2019 Of all the incense burners found in Balankanché that were filled with material that could have provided definitive evidence related to the chronology of the site, for instance, only one was ever analyzed. Gena Steffens, National Geographic, "Maya ritual cave ‘untouched’ for 1,000 years stuns archaeologists," 4 Mar. 2019 More than 10,000 tons of garbage had piled up in Memphis, according to an AFSCME chronology. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "‘I Am a Man’: The ugly Memphis sanitation workers’ strike that led to MLK’s assassination," 12 Feb. 2018 The graphic adaptation incorporates a large portion of Anne’s original writings (and follows the original chronology of her diary), including some full pages of her diary, and transforms other, small tidbits into bold, colorful images with dialogue. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation," 7 Mar. 2019 The chronology, which takes nine-tenths of a mile to unfold, highlights the region’s geological formation, natural habitats, Bedouin culture, and early coastal settlements and their pearl trade. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 One hypothesis for the cause of this bug is a conflict with the automatic date and time settings, which screwed up the chronology of texts. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Why Your iMessage Is Misbehaving and How to Fix It," 8 Nov. 2018 There’s a chronology on the website that says that each and every time an allegation was made, the staff followed up on it. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of chronology

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chronology

New Latin chronologia, from chron- + -logia -logy

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English Language Learners Definition of chronology

: the order in which a series of events happened
: a record of the order in which a series of events happened
: a science that deals with measuring time and finding out when events happened

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