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.
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: 1585
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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