his·​to·​ri·​an | \ hi-ˈstȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce historian (audio) , -ˈstär- \

Definition of historian

1 : a student or writer of history especially : one who produces a scholarly synthesis
2 : a writer or compiler of a chronicle

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Examples of historian in a Sentence

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 Virginia author, journalist and historian, Coy Barefoot, also posted a passionate Facebook essay about the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue and the ties between the Lost Cause and Trump’s Big Lie. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 15 Sep. 2021 However, historian and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer previously told the AP that the image is more likely to be a lithographic print of the former president lying in state or a sketch. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 When the archive began its collection, most people online were accessing a few main homepages such as Yahoo.com, said Margaret O’Mara, a professor at the University of Washington and historian of Silicon Valley. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2021 Jay, a British journalist and historian, has been writing since the 1990s about the history of drugs and their influence on culture. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, 3 Sep. 2021 Cristina Brito, a historian and biologist based at NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal, has studied the commercial history of ambergris. Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 Williams is an award-winning writer and historian and a former journalist who has written for The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News and Associated Press. Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 Thorne said that the quotas need to be enforced, and echoed historian and presenter David Olusoga’s plan, outlined on the same platform last year, for the U.K.’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to set up a body to enforce them. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 23 Aug. 2021 This is by Michael Kazin, the historian and the New York Times. NBC News, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of historian

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 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history


his·​to·​ri·​an | \ hi-ˈstȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce historian (audio) \

Kids Definition of historian

: a person who studies or writes about history

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