Definition of historic in English:

historic

adjective

  • 1Famous or important in history, or potentially so:

    ‘the area's numerous historic sites’
    ‘a historic occasion’
    • ‘If Beijing can fulfil such targets, it should be a memorable and historic occasion.’
    • ‘Many of Italy's most famous museums and historic sites will in future be run by private companies.’
    • ‘Those buildings have been there since the 18th century and have historic importance.’
    • ‘Many demonstrators will don medieval dress to highlight the historic importance of the earmarked site.’
    • ‘Mr Ahern said it was a challenging and important post at a historic point in the union's development.’
    • ‘There are many pubs and churches and sites of great historic importance.’
    • ‘But he argues that equally important is a historic sense of inferiority in the Muslim world.’
    • ‘For 2,532 years these historic sites have held importance in the mind of the Buddhists.’
    • ‘Tourism in Kerala thrives not thanks to any sites of religious or historic significance.’
    • ‘The local community is campaigning for a museum to commemorate the district as the historic birthplace of the famous car.’
    • ‘It was worth it, as it is one of the most beautiful and important historic Khmer sites in Thailand.’
    • ‘It is a truly historic occasion - a moment of passing in the corporate family.’
    • ‘Luxor in Egypt is renowned for its great historic sites but now a special school is making its own bit of history.’
    • ‘Two of Pembroke Dock's most important historic buildings are being given a major facelift.’
    • ‘Not many places can boast being both a centre of historic importance and outstanding natural beauty.’
    • ‘They had greatly enjoyed the trip and it was a historic and important occasion, he said.’
    • ‘Instead, he argued that it was important to win a historic third term.’
    • ‘Roman coins and blue glass beads have been found among the remains of buildings at the Groundwell Ridge historic site.’
    • ‘Many of these important historic racing cars are driven by famous faces from motor sport past and present.’
    • ‘It is important that the historic perspective to the issue be explored openly.’
    famous, famed, important, significant, notable, celebrated, renowned, momentous, headline, consequential, outstanding, extraordinary, memorable, unforgettable, remarkable, landmark, groundbreaking, epoch-making, red-letter, of importance, of significance, of consequence, earth-shaking, earth-shattering
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    1. 1.1archaic Of or concerning history; of the past:
      ‘eruptions in historic times’
      • ‘The second issue that has caused concern is the definition of historic heritage.’
      • ‘I read with interest the recent article concerning the destruction of historic houses and homes.’
      old style, former, past, bygone, heritage, antique, antiquarian, early, classical, traditional, folk, old-world, ancestral, time-honoured, ancient, veteran, vintage, quaint
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  • 2Grammar
    (of a tense) used in the narration of past events, especially Latin and Greek imperfect and pluperfect.

Usage

1 On the use of an historic moment or a historic moment, see an. 2Historic and historical are used in slightly different ways. Historic means ‘famous or important in history’, as in a historic occasion, whereas historical means ‘concerning history or historical events’, as in historical evidence: thus a historic event is one that was very important, whereas a historical event is something that happened in the past.

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘relating to or in accordance with history’): via Latin from Greek historikos, from historia narrative, knowing by enquiry (see history).

Pronunciation:

historic

/hɪˈstɒrɪk/