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

  • adj. Having importance in or influence on history.
  • adj. Historical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having importance or significance in history
  • adj. belonging to the past; historical (see note below)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to history, or the record of past events
  • adj. having once lived, existed, or taken place in the real world; -- contrasted with legendary.
  • adj. Belonging to the past; ; a historical character.
  • adj. Within the period of time recorded in written documents. Opposite of prehistoric.
  • adj. Same as diachronic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to history or historians; containing or conveying history.
  • Noted or famous in history.

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

  • adj. important in history
  • adj. belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past


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  • The Vatican, which had unsuccessfully sought include mention of Christianity's role in Europe in a European constitution, hailed what it called a "historic" decision.

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