historian

noun
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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Synonyms for historian

Synonyms

annalist, chronicler

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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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The art historian Carla Lonzi is credited as one of the movement’s most influential advocates. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In Milan, A New Exhibition Celebrates Italian Feminist Artists of the 1970s," 5 Apr. 2019 Israeli officials see Poland’s controversial legislation as an attempt to suppress such discussion, and Netanyahu has faced criticism from historians in Israel for not opposing the law, which critics say distorts history. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped," 19 Feb. 2019 After his death, Claire and Brianna, with the help of an old friend (and Bree’s future romantic interest), historian Roger Wakefield, learn Jamie survived Culloden, and Bree urges Claire to return to her husband in the past. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 Art historian Sandra Zetina contacted him about her suspicion that fluid dynamics played a role in Siqueiros' techniques. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 That being said, their apps did produce some moments that historians will remember in the years to come. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 Things the Kardashian-Jenners Did on Their Apps That Will Stand the Test of Time," 20 Dec. 2018 Saarinen would use models as a conversation focus in his office, according to design historian Donald Albrecht. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Future historians would argue if the famous rocket engineer was a victim of circumstance or a 20th-century Faust, making a deal with the devil in search for knowledge. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Tory historians were indeed more likely to view the Stuarts with sympathy than their Whig counterparts, but some writers straddled the line neatly. Benjamin Riley, WSJ, "Book Review: The Whiggish View of History," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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historian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history

historian

noun
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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