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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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 Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide. Tevi Troy, Washington Examiner, "False starts," 18 Feb. 2021 Greenlee is a historian, James Beard Foundation Award-winning writer and senior editor at the Counter. Washington Post, "I was an air fryer skeptic, but now it’s the only thing that gets me excited about pandemic cooking," 21 Dec. 2020 Frank Edgerton Martin is a landscape historian, preservation planner, and writer for design firms and publications. Frank Edgerton Martin, Star Tribune, "New Mpls. building is one of the city's finest works of contemporary architecture," 18 Dec. 2020 Sandoval was also a historian who advocated for the preservation of Native traditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Phenomenal San Diego women in elected office," 13 Dec. 2020 Her dad, who was a big historian, noticed that a History Channel documentary was scheduled, maybe that could help with her research. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "Amy McGrath was a Northern Kentucky tomboy who dreamed of flying; now she's aiming for Mitch McConnell," 2 Oct. 2020 The novel’s heightened, dramatic episodes reside somewhere between journalism and fantasy, as though Steinbeck were a medieval historian relating an era of miracles and wonders. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck’ Review: The Poison Cup of Gold," 1 Oct. 2020 Being a historian and teacher, Arthur Schlesinger has a lot to say about the teaching of history. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 31 Aug. 2020 In addition to being our local snake-counter, Mara is Sant'Ippolito's unofficial historian. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Buffett’s big bet on Japan sends global stocks higher," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Historian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historian. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce historian (audio) \

Kids Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history

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