oral history


Definition of oral history

1 : a recording containing information about the past obtained from in-depth interviews concerning personal experiences, recollections, and reflections also : the study of such information
2 : a written work based on oral history

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Other Words from oral history

oral historian noun

Examples of oral history in a Sentence

I'm reading an oral history of the Great Depression.
Recent Examples on the Web In an oral history of the track for its 20th anniversary, Thomas told Rolling Stone about its longevity. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 7 Oct. 2021 As recounted in an oral history of 9/11 in our September issue, for designers, models, and other fashion industry professionals in New York, the answer was New York Fashion Week. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2021 Fast & Furious is officially 20, with Tuesday marking the anniversary of the 2001 release of The Fast and the Furious (read EW's oral history of the film). Nick Romano, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Across the gallery, a 2015 video piece by Ja’Tovia Gary features the late actor Ruby Dee narrating an oral history by Fannie Moore, a woman who was born into slavery. Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2021 Listen to rare local music interspersed with oral history accounts from musicians of the time, including Marilyn Keller, Paul Knauls, Norman Sylvester and Calvin Walker. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 Among the newspaper clippings, posters, magazines and oral history transcripts were just 10 photos. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021 In a 2016 oral history with the Vermont Historical Society, Ms. Schumann said that her first years at Bryn Mawr were somewhat disappointing: Her classmates spent more time darning socks for their boyfriends than anything else. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Lowe discussed how he's still recognized for playing Billy, and about Paltrow's obsession with the film in an EW St. Elmo's Fire oral history in 2017. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of oral history

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2021

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“Oral history.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oral%20history. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oral history

: recorded information about the past that you get from talking to people about their experiences, families, etc.
: a book, article, etc., that is based on oral history


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