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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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

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Originally from the Philippines, Reyes is an art historian, author, educator and master water-colorist who paints representational subjects. David Laurell, latimes.com, "On the Town: Artist combines landscapes with urban elements," 10 July 2018 Professor Porat, who has been Yad Vashem’s chief historian since 2011 and is also professor emeritus of modern Jewish history at Tel Aviv University, did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday and was not answering her phone. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Yad Vashem Rebukes Israeli and Polish Governments Over Holocaust Law," 5 July 2018 Suchet, it should be mentioned, is not primarily a historian. Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art," 4 July 2018 One notable addition to the documentary from History was the network's historian-in-residence, Steven Gillon, who offers context on Detroit's growth as an automotive giant and its later economic decline. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station documentary: How Ford, History made it happen," 29 June 2018 Former Liverpool soccer great Kenny Dalglish was also knighted, as was historian and broadcaster Professor Simon Schama. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Actress Emma Thompson made a dame in Queen's birthday honors list," 8 June 2018 Faust, 70, Harvard’s 28th president, is a historian of the Civil War and the American South who was dean of the university’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "‘More open and diverse’: Harvard’s outgoing president on a decade of change," 31 May 2018 Her parents are George Windsor, the Earl of St Andrews, and Dr. Sylvana Tomaselli (her royal title is Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St Andrews), who is a historian at the University of Cambridge. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Amelia Windsor Was Reportedly Not Invited to the Royal Wedding," 15 May 2018 Off the stage, Bensen is an architectural historian and photographer and has worked with Booth scholar Fink on some of the architectural aspects of the Booth family home, Tudor Hall near Bel Air. Maryanna Skowronski, The Aegis, "What happened to John Wilkes Booth's stage trunk? Play in Bel Air to explore answers," 15 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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