AskDefine | Define historic

Dictionary Definition

historic adj
1 belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past; "historic victories"; "historical (or historic) times"; "a historical character" [syn: historical]
2 important in history; "the historic first voyage to outer space"

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /hɪˈstɒɹɪk/, /hI"stQrIk/
  • (US) /hɪˈstɔːɹɪk/, /hI"stO:rIk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒrɪk

Adjective

historic
  1. having importance or significance in history
  2. belonging to the past; historical (see note below)

Usage notes

  • Sentences involving the word "historic" sometimes use "a historic" and sometimes use "an historic". The rule that "an" is used before vowel sounds is confounded by the wide variety in pronunciation (particularly regional) of the sometimes-silent 'h'. For example, in the US, the 'h' generally is not silent (ever.) See the Wikipedia article on Semivowels for more detail.
  • Modern convention makes a distinction between historic and historical, although the two words are variants and have shared the same meanings for much of their history. Historic pertains to an important event of history, while historical pertains to any event that happened in the past whether important or not, as well as to places and things pertaining to history.
  • July 4, 1776 is a historic date. A great deal of historical research has been done on the events leading up to that day.
  • The historical works of Lord Macaulay and Edward Gibbon are in and of themselves historic.

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Extensive Definition

History is the study of the past, particularly the written record of the human race, but more generally including scientific and archaeological discoveries about the past. Recently, there has been an increased interest in oral history, passed down from generation to generation. New technology, such as photography, sound recording, and motion pictures, now complement the written word in the historical record.
The word history derives from the Greek ἱστορία (historia), "a learning by inquiry" and that from ἱστορέω (historeō), "to examine, to observe, to inquire", in turn from ἵστωρ (histōr), "a wise man, one who knows right, a judge". Academically, history is the field of research producing a continuous narrative and a systematic analysis of past events of importance to the human race. Those who study history as a profession are called historians.

Etymology

historic in Afrikaans: Geskiedenis
historic in Amharic: ታሪክ
historic in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Stǣr
historic in Arabic: تاريخ
historic in Aragonese: Istoria
historic in Franco-Provençal: Histouère
historic in Assamese: ইতিহাস
historic in Asturian: Hestoria
historic in Guarani: Tembiasakue
historic in Aymara: Nayra sarnaqawi
historic in Azerbaijani: Tarix
historic in Bambara: Tariku
historic in Bengali: ইতিহাস
historic in Min Nan: Le̍k-sú
historic in Bashkir: Тарих
historic in Belarusian: Гісторыя
historic in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Гісторыя
historic in Bavarian: G'schichte
historic in Bosnian: Historija
historic in Breton: Istor
historic in Bulgarian: История
historic in Catalan: Història
historic in Chuvash: Истори
historic in Cebuano: Kasaysayan
historic in Czech: Historie
historic in Corsican: Storia
historic in Welsh: Hanes
historic in Danish: Historie
historic in German: Geschichte
historic in Estonian: Ajalugu
historic in Modern Greek (1453-): Ιστορία
historic in Spanish: Historia
historic in Esperanto: Historio
historic in Basque: Historia
historic in Persian: تاریخ
historic in Faroese: Søga
historic in French: Histoire
historic in Western Frisian: Skiednis
historic in Friulian: Storie
historic in Irish: Stair
historic in Manx: Shennaghys
historic in Galician: Historia
historic in Classical Chinese: 史
historic in Hakka Chinese: Li̍t-sṳ́
historic in Korean: 역사
historic in Armenian: Պատմություն
historic in Hindi: इतिहास
historic in Croatian: Povijest
historic in Ido: Historio
historic in Iloko: Pakasaritaan
historic in Indonesian: Sejarah
historic in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Historia
historic in Interlingue: Historie
historic in Inuktitut: ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖅ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᑎᒍᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᑯᓂᒃ/qaujisarniq titiqqatigut qanuiliuqtauqattarnikunik
historic in Ossetian: Истори
historic in Icelandic: Sagnfræði
historic in Italian: Storia
historic in Hebrew: היסטוריה
historic in Georgian: ისტორია
historic in Kashmiri: تاریخ
historic in Kirghiz: Тарых
historic in Swahili (macrolanguage): Historia
historic in Haitian: Istwa
historic in Kurdish: Dîrok
historic in Ladino: Istoria
historic in Latin: Historia
historic in Latvian: Vēsture
historic in Luxembourgish: Geschicht
historic in Lithuanian: Istorija
historic in Ligurian: Stöia
historic in Limburgan: Historie
historic in Lojban: citri
historic in Lombard: Stòria
historic in Hungarian: Történelem
historic in Macedonian: Историја
historic in Maltese: Storja
historic in Marathi: इतिहास
historic in Mazanderani: بگذشتی
historic in Malay (macrolanguage): Sejarah
historic in Min Dong Chinese: Lĭk-sṳ̄
nah:Huēhuehcāyōmatiliztli
historic in Dutch: Geschiedenis
historic in Dutch Low Saxon: Geschiedenis
historic in Nepali: इतिहास
historic in Japanese: 歴史
historic in Norwegian: Historie
historic in Norwegian Nynorsk: Historie
historic in Narom: Histouère
historic in Novial: Historie
historic in Occitan (post 1500): Istòria
historic in Pushto: تاريخ
historic in Low German: Historie
historic in Polish: Historia
historic in Portuguese: História
historic in Romanian: Istorie
historic in Quechua: Wiñay kawsay
historic in Russian: История
historic in Sanskrit: इतिहास
historic in Sardinian: Istòria
historic in Scots: History
historic in Saterfriesisch: Geschichte
historic in Sicilian: Storia
historic in Simple English: History
historic in Slovak: Dejiny
historic in Slovenian: Zgodovina
historic in Silesian: Historja
historic in Somali: Taariikh
historic in Serbian: Историја
historic in Serbo-Croatian: Historija
historic in Sundanese: Sajarah
historic in Finnish: Historia
historic in Swedish: Historia
historic in Tamil: வரலாறு
historic in Kabyle: Amezruy
historic in Tatar: Taríx
historic in Telugu: చరిత్ర
historic in Thai: ประวัติศาสตร์
historic in Vietnamese: Lịch sử
historic in Tajik: Таърих
historic in Tok Pisin: Histori
historic in Turkish: Tarih
historic in Turkmen: Taryh
historic in Ukrainian: Історія
historic in Urdu: تاريخ
historic in Venetian: Storia
historic in Volapük: Jenav
historic in Võro: Aolugu
historic in Waray (Philippines): Kasaysayan
historic in Wolof: Taariix
historic in Yiddish: היסטאריע
historic in Yoruba: Ìtàn
historic in Contenese: 史
historic in Zeeuws: Geschiedenisse
historic in Samogitian: Istuorėjė
historic in Chinese: 歷史
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