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 Michael Chenoweth, an independent scholar and climate historian, is one of the most avid researchers into Atlantic hurricanes from centuries past. Washington Post, "Inside the hurricane that drove Alexander Hamilton to America," 26 Sep. 2020 Brian Busby, a literary historian, writer, blogger, and proprietor of a small Montreal press, Véhicule, has brought The Pyx and Four Days back into print. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Standing Up for Canada’s Most Vulnerable," 26 Sep. 2020 The Palmer House long employed a resident historian, Ken Price, who led hundreds of tours to the backstage areas of the Empire Room, where a lucky guests could see stagebills and headshots of the greats who performed there, all lovingly preserved. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago cannot lose the Palmer House, now boarded up and in deep financial trouble," 9 Sep. 2020 Wanda’s younger son grew up to become a historian, who approved my dissertation fifty-five years after his mother had saved him from the ghetto. Timothy Snyder, The New York Review of Books, "What Ails America," 3 Sep. 2020 Messages appealing to citizens’ patriotic duty to support the war effort from home accompanied the recipes—a directive one historian says may inspire Americans amid this time of national solidarity. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Cook These Quarantine-Friendly World War I Recipes," 16 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of historian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Sep 2020

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“Historian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historian. Accessed 21 Oct. 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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