his·to·ri·an | \hi-ˈstȯr-ē-ən, -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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historians are still trying to sort out fact from fiction in the story of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks

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But historians say the site was a longtime gathering point for native people. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 The seemingly innocuous query, however, created an uproar many historians believe helped swing the election to Harrison. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "The fake letter historians believe tipped a presidential election," 21 June 2018 The exact death toll can never be known, but historians believe about a million people from both sides died that savage winter of 1942-3 when the Nazi war machine was stopped from crossing the Volga, then surrounded and defeated. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Volgograd, the city once called Stalingrad, provides the proper perspective at World Cup," 20 June 2018 Many historians believe that this marked the turning point that was the beginning of the end of the American Civil War. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Abraham Lincoln and Gettysburg exhibit to come to Wellington Community Center during week of July 4," 19 June 2018 Whether jesting or not, no U.S. president has been as free in his admiration of dictators and absolute power as the 45th, historians say. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un marks embrace of totalitarian leaders," 16 June 2018 Ballpark historians say the ball has carried better at Petco since a giant video board went up beyond the left-field wall in 2015, the same year that yielded the venue’s top home run factor. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' home now means home runs are less rare, and that's a tradeoff," 8 June 2018 Black churches have a long history of helping congregations find financial footing, historians say. Renae Merle, ajc, "In some states, debate over payday lending unfolds in the black church," 7 June 2018 Several historians believe the prince died of illness instead, and the viewpoint is popular among Russian nationalists. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Russian officials urge harshest sentence for man who damaged priceless Ivan the Terrible painting," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history


his·to·ri·an | \hi-ˈstȯr-ē-ən \

Kids Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history

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