noun (plural histories)
- 1 [mass noun] The study of past events, particularly in human affairs: medieval European historyMore example sentences
- An honest answer is that we do not know; that is why we do history and study current events.
- The director needs to study social life and history more profoundly and change his course.
- At this point she started to study constitutional history and law.
- 1.1The past considered as a whole: letters that have changed the course of historyMore example sentences
- Wouldn't it be great if history as a whole could selectively forget its blemishes?
- Harper tried to rewrite or ignore history this whole campaign, and I must admit he did a pretty fine job.
- There are moments in history when the whole fate and future of nations can be decided by a single decision.
- 2The whole series of past events connected with a particular person or thing: the history of the Empire a patient with a complicated medical historyMore example sentences
- The series explores the history of evil, what society means by the word evil, where it comes from and what society can do to deal with it.
- Mash, which became one of the most famous series in the history of television, was originally a novel.
- The series about the history of speed and the intense rivalry to be the fastest revisits the golden age of the train.
- 2.1An eventful past: the group has quite a historyMore example sentences
- You may not be aware that Ueno has quite a history dating back to the early years of the Edo Period when it was just a little swampland.
- Cllr Mary Kelly said the Town Council offices at Market Square had quite an amazing history.
- There's quite a history of it, and in fact it's been a public issue before.
- 2.2A past characterized by a particular thing: his family had a history of insanityMore example sentences
- Perhaps he was just losing his marbles; there was a history of insanity in his family.
- They say the health implications can be particularly serious if there is a family history of high blood pressure.
- Mesereau said he was the victim of a trap set by a family with a history of milking celebrities.
- 3A continuous, typically chronological, record of important or public events or of a particular trend or institution: a history of the labour movementMore example sentences
- Local lighthouse enthusiasts could give public accounts of the history and future of their local light.
- It's important to recount the history of that story and the lessons Howard learned.
- It is the highest recorded circulation in the history of the newspaper.
- 3.1A historical play: Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragediesMore example sentences
- Most people think that William Shakespeare, who died in 1616, wrote three kinds of plays: comedies, tragedies and histories.
- In high school, teachers spend a great deal of time guiding students through the rigors of Shakespeare's tragedies and histories, but what about the comedies?
- And you can see the influence of Shakespeare's histories in the emphasis on grieving fathers and sons, and the cyclical nature of violence.
- Be perceived as no longer relevant to the present: the mainframe is already historyMore example sentences
- The lost year is history and not relevant for future calculations of whether hard bargaining will pay off.
- Ah well, if it's the photo at the top of yesterday's post you're thinking of, that beard was history as soon as the filming was done.
- Plain vanilla, chocolate and raspberry ripple will soon be history.
- • informal Used to indicate imminent departure, dismissal, or death: an inch either way and you’d be historyMore example sentences
- Unless Jacob tops Kevin in the kissing department, he should be history by tomorrow.
- Once we were history he retreated into his fantasy world in one of the most bizarre ways I've ever seen.
- By the third issue, the original editor, publisher and a number of other key personnel were history.
go down in history
- Be remembered or recorded in history: the 1981 Grand National has gone down in history as one of the most emotional races ever runMore example sentences
- She had set tons of records and went down in history.
- It will go down in history and our children's children will remember these departed colleagues of ours.
- Many players go down in history because they're successful but few are remembered for their magic.
- Do something that is remembered in or influences the course of history: the track where he made history thirty-five years agoMore example sentences
- They came here, claiming to try to make history, but evidently making history implies not losing the series rather than winning.
- I found without doubt some of the most powerful women in history making history at the times when Venus crossed the Sun.
- Every day remember that, then organise, not just to make history but to change its course.
the rest is history
- Used to indicate that the events succeeding those already related are so well known that they need not be recounted again: they teamed up, discovered that they could make music, and the rest is historyMore example sentences
- The sparks flew immediately, and the rest, well, as they say, the rest is history.
- Undaunted by the male-dominated music society of her times, she took the music world by storm - and the rest is history.
- The Lottery gave over £500,000 and the rest is history.
late Middle English (also as a verb): via Latin from Greek historia 'finding out, narrative, history', from histōr 'learned, wise man', from an Indo-European root shared by wit2.