chronology

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noun chro·nol·o·gy \-jē\

Definition of chronology

plural

chronologies

  1. 1 :  the science that deals with measuring time by regular divisions and that assigns to events their proper dates

  2. 2 :  a chronological table, list, or account

  3. 3 :  an arrangement (as of events) in order of occurrence <reconstruct the chronology of the trip>

Examples of chronology in a sentence

  1. We tried to reconstruct the chronology of the accident.

  2. 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

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CHRONOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

chronology

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noun chro·nol·o·gy \-jē\

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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