his·​to·​ri·​an | \ hi-ˈstȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce historian (audio) , -ˈstär- \

Definition of historian

1 : a student or writer of history especially : one who produces a scholarly synthesis
2 : a writer or compiler of a chronicle

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Examples of historian in a Sentence

historians are still trying to sort out fact from fiction in the story of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks
Recent Examples on the Web To cope with the constant worry, Ms. Koutseridi, 34, burrowed deeper into her side gigs as a baker, cook and historian of Ukrainian food. New York Times, 16 May 2022 David Reamer is a historian who writes about Anchorage. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 What little freedom scholars had under the Communist Party vanished when, in 1928, the All-Union Conference of Marxist Historians declared that the chief historian of the Soviet Union was its dictator, Josef Stalin. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2022 Brown-Nagin, a legal historian and dean of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, captures the arc of a life spanning the Depression era to the dawn of the 21st century. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 The results are unlikely to quell the philosophical diatribes around the meaning of quantum measurement, says David Kaiser, a physicist and historian of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, 8 Feb. 2022 David Reamer is a historian who writes about Anchorage. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Ward Kelly is a historian who met Kelly, 47 years her senior, while working on a documentary for the National Air and Space Museum in 1985. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 Thomas Bishop is a historian at the University of Lincoln in England. Thomas Bishop, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Historian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historian. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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his·​to·​ri·​an | \ hi-ˈstȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce historian (audio) \

Kids Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history

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