historian

noun
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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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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Rifield was an unofficial historian of the Vogue brand, as well as a keeper of its institutional memory. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering the Fashion Figures We Lost in 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 Joining me now for reaction is historian and Hoover Institute senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson. Fox News, "'Angel moms' weigh in on the immigration debate," 24 Aug. 2018 His hypothesis met with considerable controversy, both from art historians and a few fellow physicists. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Maria Pinheiro, a historian and spokesperson with Ghost City Tours, says these below-the-surface rumblings make the squares particularly ripe for sightings of shadowy, now-you-see-them-now-you-don’t figures. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Mikel, also a historian and a futurist, says White’s work has helped inform organizational efforts to leave even less of a trace on the playa than Burning Man has in the past — ironically making her archaeology more challenging. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 To these reports Steve Fraser, a labor historian and product of 1950s suburbia and 1960s radicalism, brings a longer perspective. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 That was a pretty shocking request that to me, as a historian of the Cold War, felt like Lysenkoism — which was about establishing these party lines. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 Any historian of land speed record attempts will tell you that coming up with the funding is as big a problem as the engineering. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down," 11 Dec. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history

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