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.
Recent Examples on the Web This all happened just 400 to 500 years ago—how wrong could the conventional chronology for Indigenous settlements be? Popular Science, "Colonial bias gave us an incorrect history of North America’s Indigenous people," 23 June 2020 In the past decade, as Finkelstein’s revisionist chronology of ancient Israel has come under fire, Garfinkel has emerged as its most prominent critic. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Beckham explained the chronology of the abdominal injury that hindered him last season and ultimately landed him on the operating table. cleveland, "Odell Beckham Jr. ‘100%’ ready for Browns training camp & is ‘free and clear,’ Kevin Stefanski says," 25 June 2020 Finkelstein considered Dever a Bible literalist disguised as a liberal; Dever has never accepted Finkelstein’s low chronology. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 But records from the sheriff’s death investigation provide key details and a chronology. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 The museum features paleontology, Ordovician geology, ice age mammals, Native American history and the chronology of science at Big Bone. Charles Infosino,, "Strapped for cash? Check out these free family-friendly venues in Cincinnati," 16 June 2020 For this latest study, Lipo and his colleagues have turned their attention to establishing a better chronology of human occupation of Rapa Nui. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study challenges popular “collapse” hypothesis for Easter Island," 1 June 2020 On Tuesday, a Brazilian Supreme Court Judge ordered the government to restore the data that had been removed from its website, including the detailed chronology of the pandemic's progression in the country. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Brazil pulls all coronavirus stats, then releases incompatible numbers [UPDATED]," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of chronology

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chronology

borrowed from New Latin chronologia, from chrono- chrono- + -logia -logy

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The first known use of chronology was in 1585

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12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chronology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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