historical present

noun

: the present tense used in relating past events

Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of historical present was in 1867

Dictionary Entries Near historical present

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“Historical present.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historical%20present. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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