ho·​rol·​o·​gy hə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce horology (audio)
: the science of measuring time
: the art of making instruments for indicating time

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This latest superhero Audemars Piguet watch — linking haute horology and pop culture — is being made in a limited edition of just 250 pieces, as the Black Panther AP was. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2023 Terreni, who was once president of horology at LVMH’s Bulgari, says that Parmigiani Fleurier’s recent success is due, in part, to its status as an independent. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 May 2023 Regardless, Clymer believes the connection between horology and culture at large reflects luxury watches' growing role in mainstream consciousness. Oscar Holland, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 Last week, while Gwyneth Paltrow was clearing her name in a Utah court, the world of high horology descended on Geneva for the annual Watches and Wonders fair. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, 6 Apr. 2023 Finding yourself interested in horology? Leena Kim, Town & Country, 9 Dec. 2022 Perhaps Leo could get interested in horology. Elizabeth Mccracken, Harpers Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 Their line has grown substantially in recent years, as has their respect in the horology world. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2023 In a nice philanthropic twist, 20 percent of this sale’s proceeds have been donated to the Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers’ Careers Hub to support horology students. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Greek hōra + English -logy

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of horology was in 1819

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“Horology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horology. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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