Definition of chronicle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒnɪk(ə)l/


1A factual written account of important or historical events in the order of their occurrence: a vast chronicle of Spanish history the rebels' demands for personal freedom are conspicuous in the chronicles
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  • Sources of historical data include ancient inscriptions, annals, chronicles, governmental and private estate records, maritime and commercial records, personal papers, and scientific writings.
  • Byzantine chronicles described him as a restless, militant man.
  • The name Ukraine first appeared in twelfth century chronicles in reference to the Kyivan Rus.
record, written account, history, annals, archive(s), register;
log, diary, journal, calendar, chronology;
narrative, description, story
1.1A fictitious or factual work describing a series of events: a chronicle of his life during the war years
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  • He would talk of his major book, said Carpenter, ‘not as a work of fiction, but as a chronicle of actual events,’ seeing himself not so much its maker as its discoverer and historian.
  • The transition is short, alerting the reader that the news report is shifting to storytelling form and indicating the sources for the chronicle to come.
  • For Novo, an urban chronicle must represent the city in its entirety and must include previously taboo and transgressive urban activities and spaces.


[with object]
Record (a series of events) in a factual and detailed way: his work chronicles 20th-century migration
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  • Using photographs, illustrations and documents from the school's archives, head of history Elizabeth Sparey chronicles life at Ripon Grammar since pupils wrote with quills and had to bring their own candles to class to read by.
  • It chronicled the African-American experience through a series of ten plays.
  • Events may be minutely chronicled, with little effort at critical analysis.
record, put on record, write down, set down, document, register, report, enter;
narrate, relate, recount, describe, tell about, retail


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cronicle, variant of Old French cronique, via Latin from Greek khronika 'annals', from khronikos (see chronic).

  • anachronism from mid 17th century:

    An anachronism, something which is wrongly placed in a particular period, comes from Greek anakhronismos, from ana- ‘backwards or against’ and khronos ‘time’. The latter is the source of other time-related words such as chronicle (Middle English), chronometer (mid 18th century) a ‘time measurer’, chronological (mid 16th century), and synchronize (early 17th century) ‘to make the same time’. See also chronic

Words that rhyme with chronicle

canonical, conical, ironical

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