historic

adjective his·tor·ic \ hi-ˈstȯr-ik , -ˈstär- \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

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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historic or historical?

Do you experience a slight pause before using either of these words as you try to remember which one is correct and whether it should be preceded by an or a? If so, you’re not alone, for many people find this pair particularly tricky. Historic and historical are both occasionally found preceded by an, since the initial h in each word was formerly left unpronounced. Now this h is heard, and a is far more common than an (by a ratio of about 4 to 1 in American English).

Historic and historical have been used interchangeably by many writers, even in recent years. If you would like to avoid being corrected, however, use historical for matters relating to history (the historical society), and historic to refer to things having great and lasting importance (a historic occasion).

First Known Use of historic

1594

in the meaning defined above

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HISTORIC Defined for English Language Learners

historic

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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