Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extended account in prose or verse of historical events, sometimes including legendary material, presented in chronological order and without authorial interpretation or comment.
  • n. A detailed narrative record or report.
  • n. See Table at Bible.
  • transitive v. To record in or in the form of a historical record.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A written account of events and when they happened, ordered by time.
  • v. To record in or as in a chronicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An historical register or account of facts or events disposed in the order of time.
  • n. A narrative of events; a history; a record.
  • n. The two canonical books of the Old Testament in which immediately follow 2 Kings.
  • transitive v. To record in a history or chronicle; to record; to register.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To record in a chronicle; narrate; register as history.
  • Synonyms Register, etc. See record, v.
  • n. A historical account of facts or events disposed in the order of time; a history; especially, a bare or simple record of occurrences in their order of time.
  • n. Figuratively, anything that records, contains, conveys, or suggests history.
  • n. Also chronicon.
  • n. Synonyms History, Chronicle, Annals, etc. (see history); register, record, diary, journal, narrative, story.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. record in chronological order; make a historical record
  • n. a record or narrative description of past events

Etymologies

Middle English cronicle, from Anglo-Norman, alteration of Old French cronique, from Latin chronica, from Greek khronika (biblia), chronological (books), annals, neuter pl. of khronikos, of time; see chronic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin chronica, from Ancient Greek χρονικός (chronikos, "of or concerning time"), from χρόνος (chronos, "time") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • During the Middle Ages the term chronicle included every form of history, but the word in its earliest usage signified simply a chronological table.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • This chronicle is as much an homage to noble elders who often struggle to surmount indifference in their own communities as it is an op-ed by the author, who sounds the alarm among a skeptical public, and even other scientists, about the incalculable loss posed by a language's extinction.

    Three books on language

  • This chronicle is profoundly erudite, thoroughly engrossing, satisfyingly hefty (700-plus pages!), and delightfully idiosyncratic.

    Cover to Cover

  • The full chronicle is a initial symbol for print materials, spirit gear, etc; a delegate symbol is streamlined with a ostracism of a Wildcats legs for have make have make use of of of of upon group unvaried elements (jerseys, caps; if it were to be used for alternative jaunty teams, it would work for an glorious football steel sheet logo).

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  • One striking — and troubling — aspect of Mr. Lebrecht's chronicle is the importance he gives to recordings, an importance that inevitably raises the question of whether recorded performances have influenced our attitude to Mahler's music and that of many other composers.

    A Fierce Enthusiasm

  • A history, as opposed to a chronicle, is a running narrative that depends to a large extent on the imagination of the historian.

    The Books of Chilam Balam - part two

  • The book contains the Old Testament, the New Testament, a necrology of the Podlazice monastery, a list of Podlazice fraternity members, a script on natural history, the oldest Czech Latin chronicle – there are eleven contents items in all.

    The Devil’s Bible: The Biggest Book in the World | Impact Lab

  • The two directors, Amy Rice and Alicia Sams (ph), they came to us and proposed doing a long-term chronicle of a freshman senator's first term in the Senate.

    CNN Transcript Oct 29, 2009

  • The end of this unhappy chronicle is like its bad beginning, as each misfortune only reveals another, and another, and another, and only those with the stomach for this strange and bitter tale should venture any farther into the Baudelaire onion.

    Excerpt: The End by Lemony Snicket

  • Regrettably, Summers and Swan's chronicle is a more or less tarted-up version of Kelly's.

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