History meaning

hĭstə-rē
Frequency:
The branch of knowledge that deals systematically with the past; a recording, analyzing, correlating, and explaining of past events.
noun
75
15
A drama based on historical events.

The histories of Shakespeare.

noun
66
21
The definition of history is a story or tale of what has happened or may have happened in the past.

An example of history is what is taught in U.S. History class.

An example of history is someone telling a story about their past experiences.

An example of history is an article about where baseball originated.

noun
45
7
Past events. A history feature in an application keeps track of user commands or retrieved items so that they can be quickly reused or reviewed. Web browsers maintain a list of downloaded pages in the current session so that they can be quickly retrieved. See Doskey.
32
8
A record of a person's medical condition, treatments received, etc.

Her medical history.

noun
30
16
Advertisement
The branch of knowledge that records and analyzes past events.
noun
21
4
An account of what has or might have happened, esp. in the form of a narrative, play, story, or tale.
noun
16
4
(medicine) The list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.

A personal medical history is required for the insurance policy. He has a history of cancer in his family.

noun
14
4
A record or narrative description of past events.
noun
13
5
The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.

He teaches history at the university. History will not look kindly on these tyrants. He dreams of an invention that will make history.

noun
12
4
Advertisement
A set of events involving an entity.

What is your medical history? The family's history includes events best forgotten.

noun
10
4
(computing) A record of previous user events, especially of visited web pages in a browser.

I visited a great site yesterday but forgot the URL. Luckily, I didn't clear my history.

noun
10
5
Something important enough to be recorded, preserved, etc.
noun
9
2
(informal) Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant.

I told him that if he doesn't get his act together, he's history.

noun
8
4
The aggregate of past events.

History repeats itself if we don’t learn from its mistakes.

noun
7
5
Advertisement
All recorded events of the past.
noun
6
7
A known or recorded past.

The strange history of his lost luggage.

noun
5
4
A scientific account of a system of natural phenomena.
noun
5
4
(obsolete) To narrate or record.

verb
4
5
make history
  • to be or do something important enough to be recorded
idiom
5
3
Advertisement

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of history

  • Middle English histoire from Old French from Latin historia from Greek historiā from historein to inquire from histōr learned man weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French estoire, estorie (“chronicle, history, story”) (French histoire), from Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historia, “learning through research, narration of what is learned”), from ἱστορέω (historeō, “to learn through research, to inquire”), from ἵστωρ (histōr, “the one who knows, the expert”), from *ϝίδτωρ, from Proto-Indo-European *wid- (“wit, knowledge”). Compare story.

    From Wiktionary

  • Attested in Middle English in 1393 by John Gower, Confessio Amantis, which was aimed at an educated audience familiar with French and Latin.

    From Wiktionary