Definition of historic in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɪˈstɒrɪk/


1Famous or important in history, or potentially so: the area’s numerous historic sites a historic occasion
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  • There are many pubs and churches and sites of great historic importance.
  • They had greatly enjoyed the trip and it was a historic and important occasion, he said.
  • For 2,532 years these historic sites have held importance in the mind of the Buddhists.
famous, famed, important, significant, notable, celebrated, renowned, momentous, headline, consequential, outstanding, extraordinary, memorable, unforgettable, remarkable, landmark, groundbreaking, epoch-making, red-letter, of importance, of significance, of consequence, earth-shaking, earth-shattering
1.1 archaic Of or concerning history; of the past: eruptions in historic times
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  • The second issue that has caused concern is the definition of historic heritage.
  • I read with interest the recent article concerning the destruction of historic houses and homes.
2 Grammar (Of a tense) used in the narration of past events, especially Latin and Greek imperfect and pluperfect.


1 On the use of an historic moment or a historic moment, see an (usage).2 Historic and historical are used in slightly different ways. Historic means ‘famous or important in history’, as in a historic occasion, whereas historical means ‘concerning history or historical events’, as in historical evidence: thus a historic event is one that was very important, whereas a historical event is something that happened in the past.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'relating to or in accordance with history'): via Latin from Greek historikos, from historia 'narrative, knowing by enquiry' (see history).

Words that rhyme with historic

aleatoric, allegoric, anaphoric, camphoric, categoric, choric, Doric, euphoric, metaphoric, meteoric, phantasmagoric, phosphoric, pyrophoric, semaphoric, sophomoric, theophoric, Warwick, Yorick

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