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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Features presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, violinist Joshua Bell, and more. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Sept. 16," 14 Sep. 2020 That was a serious setback to American video game manufacturing, said Laine Nooney, assistant professor and historian of video games at New York University. Shannon Liao, CNN, "The surprising reason Nintendo made Super Mario a plumber 35 years ago," 14 Sep. 2020 The authors, two geodesists (geodesy is a branch of applied mathematics focused on maps and measurements), an expert in the study of Greek and Latin texts, and a historian of science, took an innovative approach. F. Salazar, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Norwegian Island Claims to be the Fabled Land of Thule," 8 Sep. 2020 In this history of Presidential mendacity, Alterman, a columnist for The Nation and a historian of the media, delineates centuries of lies issued from the Oval Office, culminating in those of the Trump Presidency. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 7 Sep. 2020 That’s a history lesson even Donald Trump can understand. Rick Perlstein is a journalist and historian. Rick Perlstein, Star Tribune, "Gerald Ford rushed out a vaccine. It was a fiasco.," 3 Sep. 2020 Jon Meacham, a friend and historian who, like Reed, was a Garden & Gun contributor, wrote about her on the magazine’s website after her death. John Pope, NOLA.com, "Julia Reed, a celebrated author with strong New Orleans ties, dies of cancer," 29 Aug. 2020 Craig Shirley, a Ronald Reagan biographer and presidential historian, said Trump’s frequent appearances risked getting in the way of an open goal. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump ignores tradition and puts himself center stage on convention Day One," 24 Aug. 2020 Survivors include her husband of 32 years, S. Scott Rohrer, a journalist and historian, of Arlington; a son, Joshua Rohrer of Alexandria, Va.; two brothers; and two sisters. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Anne Ferguson-Rohrer, Washington Post editor and ‘traffic cop’ of news flow, dies at 58," 18 Aug. 2020

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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 Sep. 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) \

Kids Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history

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