- an account of what has or might have happened, esp. in the form of a narrative, play, story, or tale
- what has happened in the life or development of a people, country, institution, etc.
- a systematic account of this, usually in chronological order with an analysis and explanation
- the chronological story or development of a group, institution, etc.: the next election is a crucial point in our nation's history
- all recorded events of the past
- the branch of knowledge that deals systematically with the past; a recording, analyzing, correlating, and explaining of past events
- a known or recorded past: the strange history of his lost luggage
- something that belongs to the past: the election is history now
- Informal someone or something regarded as no longer important, relevant, useful, etc.
- something important enough to be recorded, preserved, etc.
- a scientific account of a system of natural phenomena: now rare except in natural history
- a record of a person's medical condition, treatments received, etc.: her medical history
Origin of historyMiddle English from Classical Latin historia from Gr, a learning by inquiry, narrative from hist?r, knowing, learned from base of eidenai, to know from Indo-European base an unverified form weid-, to see, know from source wise