Meaning of historian in English:


Pronunciation /hɪˈstɔːrɪən/

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  • An expert in or student of history, especially that of a particular period, geographical region, or social phenomenon.

    ‘a military historian’
    • ‘I've become a better student and a better historian than I ever imagined I could be.’
    • ‘All hail the beneficent spirit that motivates these historians of social ethics!’
    • ‘However, this is essentially where the story seems to end for most social historians.’
    • ‘In any case, the gap between the family and local historians and the scholarly historian is not so wide as it once was.’
    • ‘This may be a job for the historians and the Public Record Office files in 30 years' time.’
    • ‘Aussie man has been identified as the rightful King of England by a leading historian.’
    • ‘His method of measuring benefit betrays his background as an economic historian.’
    • ‘The calculation of casualties presents military historians with real problems.’
    • ‘Alas, they soon learn that historians have biases and intellectual capital to maintain.’
    • ‘Where they do appear in general histories, the historians often seem unsure how to deal with them.’
    • ‘In the view of many people and of many historians, history is composed of dead people and old facts.’
    • ‘This fact, which had eluded historians, was recorded on the back of the photograph.’
    • ‘The answer is just a computer click away thanks to historians at the National Archives.’
    • ‘It is this last feature which has given the book a special fascination for food historians.’
    • ‘The result is a fascinating odyssey into English history and into the historian's craft.’
    • ‘A music historian could comment on the instruments used for serenades and aubades.’
    • ‘In the past, says Stearn, historians were called upon for their particular expertise.’
    • ‘Irish history is a fraught and cobbled terrain across which historians frequently stumble.’
    • ‘All were key moments in British history, all have been studied by historians for centuries.’
    • ‘It will be interesting how historians take a look at articles like this and the man himself.’
    chronicler, annalist, archivist, recorder, biographer, historiographer, palaeographer, antiquarian, chronologist
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Late Middle English from Old French historien, from Latin historia (see history).