his·​to·​ri·​an hi-ˈstȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce historian (audio)
: a student or writer of history
especially : one who produces a scholarly synthesis
: a writer or compiler of a chronicle

Example Sentences

historians are still trying to sort out fact from fiction in the story of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks
Recent Examples on the Web John Thorn, the official historian of MLB, shed light on the evolution of the field, saying that before 1857, it was measured by paces — 42 paces from home to second and 42 from first to third. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2023 The researchers formed a new theory based on the writings of the Roman historian Tacitus: Around 47 C.E., the Roman governor Curtius Rufus was attempting to mine silver in the area. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Mar. 2023 The historian purchased the script in 2020 for $15,000 — and estimates that less than half a dozen exist. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2023 Hannah-Jones asks the historian Robin D. G. Kelley what can be done to change the inequality that is a feature of capitalism. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2023 Founder Lauran Smith created the event to honor Carter G. Woodson, the historian who launched the precursor to Black History Month in 1926. Louisa Chu, Chicago Tribune, 15 Feb. 2023 Orloff, the historian, said the city’s leaders and residents are fragmented across generations. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2023 Orloff, the historian, said the city’s leaders and residents are fragmented across generations. Jenny Jarvie, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2023 Many of the events described are actually recorded in historical archives, but where the historian might speculate, Rushdie chooses instead to mythologize. Avantika Shankar, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of historian was in the 15th century

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“Historian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historian. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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his·​to·​ri·​an his-ˈtōr-ē-ən How to pronounce historian (audio)
: a student or writer of history

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