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.
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.
Recent Examples of chronology from the Web
The exhibition's chronology ends in 1967, when male homosexuality in Britain was partially decriminalized.
This year’s Costume Institute exhibition eschews chronology, instead presenting the radical Japanese fashion designer’s exquisite and brutal pieces as a solar system of ideas.
Unlike Netflix, which eschews all but a token theatrical release, Amazon abides by the traditional theater-cable-streaming chronology.
No chronology, no geography — except in incidental ways.
If the blasters and speeders and starships of Star Wars more or less follow the laws of physics, taking that famous run even once would change the entire chronology of Han Solo’s life.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of chronology
New Latin chronologia, from chron- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1585See Words from the same year
CHRONOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chronology for English Language Learners
: 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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