Definition of chronicle in English:



  • 1A factual written account of important or historical events in the order of their occurrence.

    ‘a vast chronicle of Spanish history’
    ‘the rebels' demands for personal freedom are conspicuous in the chronicles’
    • ‘Such payments were also common in the ninth century, and both Anglo-Saxon and Frankish chronicles are full of references to rulers ‘making peace’ with the raiders.’
    • ‘Byzantine chronicles described him as a restless, militant man.’
    • ‘They were compiled in medieval encyclopedias and books of wonders, and extended by the accounts provided by new chronicles or traveller's reports.’
    • ‘A British historian working in America produced a vast chronicle of the Revolution which argued that its very essence was violence and slaughter.’
    • ‘It is true that war reporting has speeded up since AD 106, the year that Trajan commissioned the column offering a picture chronicle of his Romanian campaign.’
    • ‘Sources of historical data include ancient inscriptions, annals, chronicles, governmental and private estate records, maritime and commercial records, personal papers, and scientific writings.’
    • ‘Many important texts were written in Church Slavonic and the more vernacular Old Russian, including historical chronicles, epic poems, folklore, and liturgical and legal works.’
    • ‘What credibility, if any, could be ascribed to pre-Columbian and early Spanish sources, to the codices, the chronicles, and the calendar stones that were being dug up in Mexico?’
    • ‘And, since many of our records of this time come from monastic chronicles, we of course get a very vivid picture of this side of the Vikings.’
    • ‘The accepted tools of the medieval historian's trade were the classical models of composition and rhetoric, and the materials on past events provided by verbal accounts, annals, and other chronicles.’
    • ‘He also wrote the Historia Anglorum, a chronicle from 1066 to 1253, and two shorter histories, the Abbreviatio chronicorum and the Flores historiarum.’
    • ‘The absence of reference to the raid of Mahmud in other sources other than the Turko-Persian chronicles remains an enigma.’
    • ‘The northern and central part of the South American continent was described as such in all the early chronicles and ethnohistoric accounts.’
    • ‘But in some ways, this feels more like a medieval chronicle than a modern history.’
    • ‘I no longer say that I don't believe that the Torah is an accurate historical chronicle of the Jewish people.’
    • ‘The town's role in the ensuing battles with the Danish Vikings was recorded in both the Anglo Saxon chronicles and in Asser's account of the life of King Alfred.’
    • ‘He used a variety of sources to write his history including chronicles, biographies, records, public documents, and oral and written communications from his contemporaries.’
    • ‘The faerie folk are mentioned in the medieval chronicles and go back even further; Chaucer describes them as something people ‘no longer’ believe in.’
    • ‘Mar's death is prominently, and often luridly, described in later chronicles, and was probably exploited by the 1488 rebels as part justification for their actions.’
    • ‘The name Ukraine first appeared in twelfth century chronicles in reference to the Kyivan Rus.’
    record, written account, history, annals, register
    log, diary, journal, calendar, chronology
    narrative, description, story
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    1. 1.1A fictitious or factual work describing a series of events.
      ‘a chronicle of his life during the war years’
      • ‘I felt I couldn't write a second chronicle of events, that only fiction could communicate what was happening to the city and its inhabitants.’
      • ‘For Novo, an urban chronicle must represent the city in its entirety and must include previously taboo and transgressive urban activities and spaces.’
      • ‘TV Gallery was not a chronicle of events in the visual field, though it tried to recognize, present and analyze the most contemporary and topical processes in art.’
      • ‘In my own defence I can only say that if, as Disraeli said, the best way to learn history is by reading biographies then the best obituaries are magnificent potted histories - a fabulous chronicle of the century just closed.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the book is excellent as a chronicle of events.’
      • ‘He would talk of his major book, said Carpenter, ‘not as a work of fiction, but as a chronicle of actual events,’ seeing himself not so much its maker as its discoverer and historian.’
      • ‘There are a host of books purporting to be Bradman biographies, but they're all more or less the same book, they're chronicles of his cricket career more than genuine lives, not the way I would think of biography.’
      • ‘The transition is short, alerting the reader that the news report is shifting to storytelling form and indicating the sources for the chronicle to come.’
      • ‘Since these issues comprise an important part of why the political process has been so difficult for Europe over the past two decades, their omission from the book leaves a regrettable gap in the chronicle.’
      • ‘Her book is a compelling chronicle of her struggles immediately following the accident, throughout the acute recovery phase, and into the early stages of rehabilitation.’
      • ‘This book is a chronicle of that period of history.’
      • ‘Coogan wants his book to be a chronicle of remarkable success.’
      • ‘They are rueful memory plays, bittersweet family chronicles, compassionate portraits of oddballs, losers, and rascals.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, this deceptively insightful series offers a fascinating chronicle of love - and lust - in a cold climate.’
      • ‘The programme is a valuable chronicle of television history, which asks challenging questions of both the audience and the television industry.’
      • ‘A traveling show focuses on his ‘Anomie’ series, a kaleidoscopic chronicle of the 20th century’
      • ‘Auder's video chronicles create the impression that he carries a camera with him everywhere and that the camera inevitably mediates his perception and experience.’
      • ‘The book remains of chief importance as a chronicle of black achievement in the performing arts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.’
      • ‘Harvey describes his book as a chronicle of the ‘rise and fall of the Church of Man’.’
      • ‘Through photographs each family constructs a portrait chronicle of itself - a portable kit of images that bears witness to its connectedness.’
      description, portrayal, representation, depiction, impression, account, story
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  • Record (a series of events) in a factual and detailed way.

    ‘his work chronicles 20th-century migration’
    • ‘A strength of Hall's book is his attention to detail in chronicling Poteat's life.’
    • ‘In fact, two of my favorite recent books chronicle bizarre gustatory adventures.’
    • ‘The scope and impact of extensive administrative change over more than a decade cannot be chronicled in detail in a short article.’
    • ‘One project is chronicling the legacy of Sephardic music from different medieval Spanish cities.’
    • ‘His book chronicles more than three decades of efforts to protect Alabama's ‘gymnasiums of nature,’ the most unspoiled and unique wild lands in the state.’
    • ‘It chronicled many events over the years in Laois from work related activities to social occasions.’
    • ‘Here are five of the wildest records ever chronicled by The Guinness Book of Records, plus five impostors.’
    • ‘Knight will return to work May 12 and a full report of his trip will be chronicled in the next issue of Imprint.’
    • ‘It chronicled the African-American experience through a series of ten plays.’
    • ‘The Vita Nuova, of course, chronicles Dante's first sight of Beatrice at age 9, his love for her until she dies as a young woman, and his subsequent view of her as an angel of redemption.’
    • ‘Ehrenreich's searing book chronicles her experiences as a cultural explorer among America's working poor.’
    • ‘If you've read her blog at all, you know that she has been chronicling news and insights about education for about four years now.’
    • ‘The film chronicles the life, career and ‘disappearance’ of tango singer Ada Falcon.’
    • ‘The Parkside area also has a proud sporting tradition and it is chronicled in great detail in this publication.’
    • ‘Events may be minutely chronicled, with little effort at critical analysis.’
    • ‘Based on Mervyn Peake's novel, this new horror fantasy series chronicles the story of the Groan family.’
    • ‘This year I guess I will be chronicling my body's failing condition, although my spirit will always be strong.’
    • ‘The book chronicles Schroeder's remarkable rise from a soccer-loving sales clerk who dropped out of high school but later went to night classes to get his diploma before going on to study law.’
    • ‘Using photographs, illustrations and documents from the school's archives, head of history Elizabeth Sparey chronicles life at Ripon Grammar since pupils wrote with quills and had to bring their own candles to class to read by.’
    • ‘I'm happy that his life is no longer as he chronicled it, but I'm glad that he recorded it as it happened.’
    record, put on record, write down, set down, document, register, report, enter
    narrate, relate, recount, describe, tell about, retail
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cronicle, variant of Old French cronique, via Latin from Greek khronika annals, from khronikos (see chronic).