noun his·to·ri·og·ra·phy \hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē\

Definition of historiography

  1. 1a :  the writing of history; especially :  the writing of history based on the critical examination of sources, the selection of particulars from the authentic materials, and the synthesis of particulars into a narrative that will stand the test of critical methodsb :  the principles, theory, and history of historical writing a course in historiography

  2. 2 :  the product of historical writing :  a body of historical literature a survey of the country's historiography


play \hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl\ or less commonly


play \hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fik\ adjective


play \hi-ˌstȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of historiography

see historiographer

First Known Use: 1569

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