historic

adjective his·tor·ic \ hi-ˈstȯr-ik , -ˈstär- \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of historic

: historical: such as
a : famous or important in history
  • historic battlefields
b : having great and lasting importance
  • a historic occasion
c : known or established in the past
  • historic interest rates
d : dating from or preserved from a past time or culture
  • historic buildings
  • historic artifacts

Examples of historic in a Sentence

  1. It's wonderful to see so many people here on this historic occasion.

  2. She returned safely from her historic flight into space.

  3. The court made a historic decision last week.

  4. They know of many historic volcanic eruptions in the area.

  5. the historic importance of the river

Recent Examples of historic from the Web

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First Known Use of historic

1594



HISTORIC Defined for English Language Learners

historic

adjective

Definition of historic for English Language Learners

  • : famous or important in history

  • : having great and lasting importance

  • : happening or existing in the past


HISTORIC Defined for Kids

historic

adjective his·tor·ic \ hi-ˈstȯr-ik \

Definition of historic for Students

: famous in history


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