oral history

noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

oral historian

noun

Examples of oral history in a Sentence

  1. I'm reading an oral history of the Great Depression.

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First Known Use of oral history

1950


ORAL HISTORY Defined for English Language Learners

oral history

noun

Definition of oral history for English Language Learners

  • : 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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