An example of historic is the time the first time man landed on the moon; an historic event.
- having, or likely to have, lasting significance or importance: a historic occasion
- Now Rare historical (senses -)
Origin of historicClassical Latin historicus from Classical Greek historikos
- Having importance in or influence on history.
Usage Note: Historic and historical have similar, though usually distinct, meanings. Historic refers to that which is associated with significant events in history: the historic first voyage to the moon. Thus, a historic house is likely to be of interest not just because it is relatively old, but because an important person lived in it or was otherwise associated with it. In contrast, historical refers more generally to that which happened in the past, regardless of significance: a minor historical character in the novel, the historical architecture in the center of town. These distinctions are not always observed, however, and a historic tour of a city might include the same sights as a historical tour. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the context makes the intended meaning clear.
(comparative more historic, superlative most historic)
- Sentences involving the word sometimes use "a historic" and sometimes use "an historic". The rule that "an" is used before vowel sounds is confounded by the wide variety in pronunciation (particularly regional) of the sometimes-silent h. For example, in the United States, the h generally is not silent. See Semivowels for more detail.
- Modern convention makes a distinction between historic and historical, although the two words are variants and have shared the same meanings for much of their history. Historic means "very important in history or having a long history", while historical refers to people who lived or events that occurred in the past or refers to things that are connected with or found in the past. For example, a historic event is an important event of history, while a historical event is any event that happened in the past whether important or not.
- July 4, 1776 is a historic date. A great deal of historical research has been done on the events leading up to that day.
- The historical works of Lord Macaulay and Edward Gibbon are in and of themselves historic.
From French historique