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chronology Syllabification: chro·nol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /krəˈnäləjē/

Definition of chronology in English:

noun (plural chronologies)

1The arrangement of events or dates in the order of their occurrence: the novel abandons the conventions of normal chronology a diary recording a chronology of events
More example sentences
  • The interviews are not arranged in order of birth chronology or in any other particular sequence.
  • There are six sections in the anthology that are arranged by genre and chronology.
  • After I told my family and a whole lot of assembled villagers the entire chronology of events the third time over, I excused myself and went indoors.
1.1A document displaying an arrangement of events in order of their occurrence.
Example sentences
  • She has provided a detailed commentary on Ray's films and compiled an extensive filmography, added a chronology, and updated the index.
  • The author has added maps, a chronology, subject index, list of further reading and, under an appendix labelled ‘Politics’ a list of heads of state and governments since 1918.
  • All have been carefully edited with helpful introductions, notes, reading lists and useful chronologies.
1.2The study of historical records to establish the dates of past events.
Example sentences
  • A chronological history is, however, difficult to present because of the lack of concern of the ancient Indians to chronology and historical perspective.
  • Just how that could be done in a vacuum, with pupils ignorant of historical events or chronology, was not explained.
  • This gentry subscribed liberally to the clergymen's local histories, incorporating chronology, natural history and meteorology.


Pronunciation: /krəˈnäləjəst/
Example sentences
  • And that, I'll repeat for the chronologists, did not begin in 2003-it began with colonialism and Empire.
  • Rather, it is an attempt to clarify some issues in Biblical chronology, so that some common ground can be established amongst creationist chronologists.
  • The May 1/3 discrepancy has long been a puzzle to chronologists, having been pointed out at least as early as 1590.


Late 16th century: from modern Latin chronologia, from Greek khronos 'time' + -logia (see -logy).

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