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 For the historians King and Scott, black history and its relevance is all about the U.S. education system. NBC News, "Is Black History Month still relevant? 'Absolutely yes,' one historian says," 12 Feb. 2020 The remote Pacific island, located more than 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, continues to be a source of fascination for historians. Fox News, "Easter Island discovery: Experts shed new light on the mystery of the civilization’s 'collapse'," 11 Feb. 2020 This account reveals a soldier of the highest intelligence and sensitivity, who faded into obscurity upon his recall to the U.S., but left a wonderful legacy for historians. Max Hastings, WSJ, "Five Best: Max Hastings on Diaries of World War II," 31 Jan. 2020 For historians, though, the main message is one of education amid growing signs of ignorance and indifference to the Holocaust. Aron Heller, USA TODAY, "World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism," 23 Jan. 2020 Her mother, Mary Quayle Innis, was an economic historian and literary writer who became dean of women at University of Toronto. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "“Tenure Not Granted”: A new film honors a woman science forgot," 23 Jan. 2020 Journalists are in some ways the historians of the present. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 For modern historians, the dates blur at the edges; for many people who lived through that era, especially in labyrinthine London, almost nothing was not a blur. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 While the band clearly has fan support, previous years’ voting trends suggest the band likely doesn’t have the full support of the Rock Hall’s voting pool of living inductees, historians and journalists. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Dave Matthews Band has turned Rock Hall’s Fan Vote on its head," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Historian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historian. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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: a person who studies or writes about history

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