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.


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

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