Definition of chronology in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The arrangement of events or dates in the order of their occurrence.

    ‘the novel abandons the conventions of normal chronology’
    • ‘A relatively clear chronology has been established for a significant portion of his oeuvre.’
    • ‘Most readers will probably be satisfied to peruse only the first and last chapters, those dealing with the history and chronology of the fires and the conclusions drawn.’
    • ‘Certainly in this movie there's a lot of skewed structure and chronology, but to me I came about it organically, I think; I think it makes sense in the telling of the story.’
    • ‘Again, this event intersected the larger chronology in a finely tuned set of near coincidences.’
    • ‘The 2001 recession will be the first in history whose causes and chronology were debated even before the downturn began.’
    • ‘Because I ranged widely in my travels, it made sense, as Janet suggested, to organize the book by chronology, as well as by locale, with themes woven throughout for continuity.’
    • ‘The chronology of historic mining operations in Tennessee caves is problematic.’
    • ‘Those letters need to be looked at in the context of the particular chronology of events.’
    • ‘Further, it can be pointed out that he had no sense of chronology or sequence of time while writing the chapter.’
    • ‘The interviews are not arranged in order of birth chronology or in any other particular sequence.’
    • ‘The following are my findings regarding the relevant chronology of events.’
    • ‘It is in fact exceedingly hard to establish the chronology of these developments in rulership and government.’
    • ‘There are six sections in the anthology that are arranged by genre and chronology.’
    • ‘In the early chapters, the book follows a historical chronology rather than a natural one, focusing on how interpretations have changed with subsequent discoveries.’
    • ‘The chronology of events leading up to the trial is important.’
    • ‘The book follows a calendrical sequence, each poem dated and grouped by month, so that the events of a hundred years follow a seasonal ebb and flow, not chronology.’
    • ‘Similar developments in European politics owed much to a broadly shared chronology caused by events on a continental or global scale.’
    • ‘After I told my family and a whole lot of assembled villagers the entire chronology of events the third time over, I excused myself and went indoors.’
    • ‘The single column format - much like the weblog format - highlights chronology, promotes the idea that the material is novel, cutting-edge, breaking news.’
    • ‘All his novels take liberties with actual historical events and chronology but ‘the wider epoch is basically recorded in the spirit of the times and in the mood generally’.’
    succession, order, course, series, chain, concatenation, train, string, cycle, progression
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A list which has a chronological arrangement.
      • ‘It has a comprehensive bibliography, index and a chronology of the period.’
      • ‘Perhaps if I can hand up to your Honour a chronology that I prepared in the matter and also an amended draft order nisi.’
      • ‘Included in both the Ford and Cukor volumes are a chronology, a filmography, an index, and a photo gallery.’
      • ‘There is also a useful chronology and bibliography.’
      • ‘All four volumes have new introductions along with the full complement of notes, lists for further reading, appendices and chronologies that we have come to expect in this venerable series.’
      • ‘The book also has a very useful chronology of events from 1947 to this year.’
      • ‘A chronology of major events (broken down by year, and not further by month or date) and a subject guide follow the introduction.’
      • ‘Finally there is a selection of criticism from Chesterton to the editor herself followed by a chronology and selected bibliography.’
      • ‘There is also a detailed chronology, family trees, maps and a list of contents.’
      • ‘This chronology of events is well researched and laced with chilling quotes from these ‘freedom fighters’ and their leaders.’
      • ‘All have been carefully edited with helpful introductions, notes, reading lists and useful chronologies.’
      • ‘There is a detailed chronology and an excellent index.’
      • ‘It contains a wonderful chronology and a complete bibliography, and it is fun to read.’
      • ‘Each box includes a chronology of cultural and historical events to set the composer's life in context.’
      • ‘Less experienced analysts may wish to use written lists, chronologies, timelines, spreadsheets, and matrices to assist in their thinking.’
      • ‘She has provided a detailed commentary on Ray's films and compiled an extensive filmography, added a chronology, and updated the index.’
      • ‘Both volumes contain a list of Gould's major published works, a brief chronology of Gould's life, and notes on the correspondence to facilitate the use of the books.’
      • ‘This comprehensive chronology covers the events shaping Bill Clinton's journey from Little Rock to the Oval Office and during the eight years of his Presidency.’
      • ‘The author has added maps, a chronology, subject index, list of further reading and, under an appendix labelled ‘Politics’ a list of heads of state and governments since 1918.’
      • ‘In addition, there is a very extensive bibliography, a chronology, a glossary, and a list of acronyms.’
    2. 1.2The study of historical records to establish the dates of past events.
      ‘his book transformed prehistoric chronology by applying the results of carbon dating’
      • ‘To its followers, heritage offered a free ticket into a past liberated from the schoolmasterly disciplines of chronology, narrative, and moral judgment.’
      • ‘This gentry subscribed liberally to the clergymen's local histories, incorporating chronology, natural history and meteorology.’
      • ‘Just how that could be done in a vacuum, with pupils ignorant of historical events or chronology, was not explained.’
      • ‘A chronological history is, however, difficult to present because of the lack of concern of the ancient Indians to chronology and historical perspective.’
      • ‘Under Duport, Barrow studied Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, literature, chronology, geography and theology.’
      record, written account, history, annals, register
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Late 16th century: from modern Latin chronologia, from Greek khronos time + -logia (see -logy).