Definition of history
2a : a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes <a history of Japan>b : a treatise presenting systematically related natural phenomena (as of geography, animals, or plants) <an illustrated history of North American birds>c : an account of a patient's medical background <reviewing her medical history>d : an established record <a prisoner with a history of violence>
3 : a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events <medieval history>
4a : events that form the subject matter of a history <the history of space exploration>b : events of the past <History has shown that such efforts rarely succeed.>c : one that is finished or done for <the winning streak was history> <you're history>d : previous treatment, handling, or experience (as of a metal) <a history of repeated exposure to freezing temperatures>
Examples of history in a sentence
I studied history in college.
a professor of medieval history
They were one of the greatest teams in history.
It was one of the most destructive storms in modern history.
It was a period in American history when most people lived and worked on farms.
The history of space exploration is a fascinating topic.
He wrote a well-known history of the British empire.
The book begins with a brief history of the Internet.
Origin and Etymology of history
Middle English histoire, historie, from Anglo-French estoire, histoire, from Latin historia, from Greek, inquiry, history, from histōr, istōr knowing, learned; akin to Greek eidenai to know — more at wit
First Known Use: 14th century
HISTORY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of history for English Language Learners
: the study of past events
: events of the past
: past events that relate to a particular subject, place, organization, etc.
HISTORY Defined for Kids
Definition of history for Students
1 : events of the past and especially those relating to a particular place or subject <European history>
2 : a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events
3 : a written report of past events <She wrote a history of the Internet.>
4 : an established record of past events <His criminal history is well-known.>
Medical Definition of history
: an account of a patient's family and personal background and past and present health
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