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


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 presence of these artifacts is evidence, archaeologists say, that native people in Northern California carried on their traditions and maintained tribal ties much longer than many historians thought. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: A pretty penny for a piece of PG&E," 9 Sep. 2019 Instead of wood homes, however, Campbell constructed six attached brick structures, creating what historians consider the state’s original East Coast (or perhaps San Francisco) inspired rowhouses. oregonlive, "Beautiful 130-year-old Lair Hill townhouse, once saved from the wrecking ball, is now for sale," 6 Sep. 2019 The discoveries place the battle a little farther south than historians previously thought. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Artifacts from the Final Battle of the English Civil War Uncovered During Road Project," 5 Sep. 2019 Art historians consider the Gothic period to begin in the early 12th century, and continue into the 16th century, overlapping the Renaissance. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 4 Sep. 2019 British historians rediscovered its astonishing buildings and frescoes in the 19th century. National Geographic, "The 'Lion Fortress' of Sri Lanka was swallowed by the jungle," 3 Sep. 2019 Chinese authorities say Sindberg’s actions saved up to 20,000 people - Danish historians give an estimate of 6,000-10,000 - during the six-week rampage by Japanese forces. Washington Post, "Statue honors Dane credited as Nanjing Massacre lifesaver," 2 Sep. 2019 That connection for Australians between the land and sport is echoed in commentary, including a mention of marngrook, a ball game played by Indigenous Australians for hundreds of years that some historians have linked to the origins of Aussie Rules. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Now a new study says the Greeks developed the crane even earlier than historians had suspected. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Crane Has Been Perfect Since 700 B.C.," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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