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 On the Boston police force, starting officers were paid a $21.90 weekly salary that had not risen since the Civil War, according to police Officer Robert Anthony, the department historian. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "When the city was lawless: Recalling the Boston Police Strike of 1919," 7 Sep. 2019 Other research projects, such as a 3D laser mapping of the cathedral by the late art historian Andrew Tallon, could also help rebuild the architectural gem. Fox News, "Notre Dame fire: New images show scale of destruction as experts eye iconic building's future," 6 Sep. 2019 The Greek historian Herodotus, who lived in the fifth century BCE, wrote briefly of the Scythians producing smoke from hemp seeds. Amina Khan, chicagotribune.com, "Ancient drug paraphernalia reveals that people smoked pot in China 2,500 years ago," 26 Aug. 2019 For the historian Blending Moorish and medieval architecture, Dalt Vila, or Old Town, is a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets that offers a glimpse of history. National Geographic, "Ibiza beyond the clubs: 10 can’t-miss experiences," 16 Aug. 2019 The historian wants to know what Vladimir Lenin thought and what Leon Trotsky said to Grigory Zinoviev. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Chimes of a Lost Cathedral’ echo sounds of Russian past, present," 28 July 2019 Hanchett, the historian, fears Central Avenue could be redeveloped into extinction. John Bordsen, Dallas News, "A surprising choice for global cuisine: Charlotte," 25 June 2019 Wilson is legislative historian, political referee and confidante for the 80 members of the Assembly. Los Angeles Times, "The California Assembly’s keeper of rules and rituals calls it a career," 13 Sep. 2019 Artists, teachers, historians, conservationists, musicians and other workers in cultural fields were also funded. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "Not just Washington High murals: WPA’s work lives on, all over San Francisco," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of historian was in the 15th century

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25 Oct 2019

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“Historian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historian?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=histor01. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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