- a record or account, often chronological in approach, of past events, developments, etc
- all that is preserved or remembered of the past, esp in written form
- the discipline of recording and interpreting past events involving human beings
- past events, esp when considered as an aggregate
- an event in the past, esp one that has been forgotten or reduced in importance: their quarrel was just history
- the past, background, previous experiences, etc, of a thing or person: the house had a strange history
- a play that depicts or is based on historical events
- a narrative relating the events of a character's life: the history of Joseph Andrews
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- World History the branch of knowledge dealing with past events:[uncountable]majoring in history.
- World History a continuous, systematic telling of past events:[countable]a short history of the war.
- World History a record of past events and times, esp. of a particular person:[countable]the patient's medical history.
- World History a past that is special because of its interesting events:[countable; usually singular]a ship with an interesting history.
- World History events that are common in a person's life:[countable]had a history of trouble with the police.
- Idiomsbe history, to be finished;
be done for:If they lose this game, they're history.
- World Historythe branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
- World Historya continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account;
chronicle:a history of France; a medical history of the patient.
- World Historythe aggregate of past events.
- World Historythe record of past events and times, esp. in connection with the human race.
- World Historya past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events:a ship with a history.
- World Historyacts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future;
immediate but significant happenings:Firsthand observers of our space program see history in the making.
- World Historya systematic account of any set of natural phenomena without particular reference to time:a history of the American eagle.
- World History, Literaturea drama representing historical events:Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies.
- Greek historía learning or knowing by inquiry, history; derivative of hístōr one who knows or sees (akin to wit, video, veda)
- Latin historia
- Middle English historie 1350–1400
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged record, annals. See narrative.