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 And then obviously, as a historian, as somebody who has a deep affection for Abraham Lincoln … words escape me. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2021 Trained as a historian, Dr. Mirsky, an American, set aside his study of the past to cover the momentous events of modern China as a journalist — emerging as a forceful critic of the Chinese government and its abuses. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 As a historian, Allen C. Guelzo is acutely aware of how perceptions change over time. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Gaile Schafer has served as church historian for 15 years and is a member of the Religious Education Committee. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2021 Ricks, who is also a historian, finds historic images to include in the videos through the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s digitized archives. Maria Eberhart, baltimoresun.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Nick Holder, a historian and research fellow at English Heritage and the University of Exeter, conducted research into the 58-room mansion and worked with illustrator Peter Urmston to create an artist's impression of the building. CNN, 28 July 2021 Christian McMillen is a historian and associate dean at the University of Virginia and the author of Discovering Tuberculosis. Leo Deluca, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2021 The debate over teaching slavery in schools When Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Harvard law school professor Annette Gordon-Reed was growing up in Texas, slavery wasn’t a topic teachers were equipped to discuss. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021

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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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“Historian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historian. Accessed 24 Oct. 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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