- to be or do something important enough to be recorded
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Origin of History
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.
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
Attested in Middle English in 1393 by John Gower, Confessio Amantis, which was aimed at an educated audience familiar with French and Latin.
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