Definition of historic in English:


Line breaks: his|tor¦ic
Pronunciation: /hɪˈstɒrɪk


  • 2 Grammar (Of a tense) used in the narration of past events, especially Latin and Greek imperfect and pluperfect.


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).


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.

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