Definition of chronology in US English:



  • 1The arrangement of events or dates in the order of their occurrence.

    ‘the novel abandons the conventions of normal chronology’
    ‘a diary recording a chronology of events’
    • ‘Again, this event intersected the larger chronology in a finely tuned set of near coincidences.’
    • ‘The interviews are not arranged in order of birth chronology or in any other particular sequence.’
    • ‘It is in fact exceedingly hard to establish the chronology of these developments in rulership and government.’
    • ‘Those letters need to be looked at in the context of the particular chronology of events.’
    • ‘There are six sections in the anthology that are arranged by genre and chronology.’
    • ‘The single column format - much like the weblog format - highlights chronology, promotes the idea that the material is novel, cutting-edge, breaking news.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chronology of historic mining operations in Tennessee caves is problematic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 2001 recession will be the first in history whose causes and chronology were debated even before the downturn began.’
    • ‘In the early chapters, the book follows a historical chronology rather than a natural one, focusing on how interpretations have changed with subsequent discoveries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 events leading up to the trial is important.’
    • ‘Further, it can be pointed out that he had no sense of chronology or sequence of time while writing the chapter.’
    • ‘The following are my findings regarding the relevant chronology of events.’
    • ‘A relatively clear chronology has been established for a significant portion of his oeuvre.’
    • ‘Similar developments in European politics owed much to a broadly shared chronology caused by events on a continental or global scale.’
    succession, order, course, series, chain, concatenation, train, string, cycle, progression
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    1. 1.1 A document displaying an arrangement of events in order of their occurrence.
      • ‘It has a comprehensive bibliography, index and a chronology of the period.’
      • ‘There is a detailed chronology and an excellent index.’
      • ‘In addition, there is a very extensive bibliography, a chronology, a glossary, and a list of acronyms.’
      • ‘All have been carefully edited with helpful introductions, notes, reading lists and useful chronologies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps if I can hand up to your Honour a chronology that I prepared in the matter and also an amended draft order nisi.’
      • ‘She has provided a detailed commentary on Ray's films and compiled an extensive filmography, added a chronology, and updated the index.’
      • ‘Each box includes a chronology of cultural and historical events to set the composer's life in context.’
      • ‘This chronology of events is well researched and laced with chilling quotes from these ‘freedom fighters’ and their leaders.’
      • ‘A chronology of major events (broken down by year, and not further by month or date) and a subject guide follow the introduction.’
      • ‘Included in both the Ford and Cukor volumes are a chronology, a filmography, an index, and a photo gallery.’
      • ‘There is also a detailed chronology, family trees, maps and a list of contents.’
      • ‘Less experienced analysts may wish to use written lists, chronologies, timelines, spreadsheets, and matrices to assist in their thinking.’
      • ‘Finally there is a selection of criticism from Chesterton to the editor herself followed by a chronology and selected bibliography.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The book also has a very useful chronology of events from 1947 to this year.’
      • ‘It contains a wonderful chronology and a complete bibliography, and it is fun to read.’
    2. 1.2 The study of historical records to establish the dates of past events.
      • ‘This gentry subscribed liberally to the clergymen's local histories, incorporating chronology, natural history and meteorology.’
      • ‘To its followers, heritage offered a free ticket into a past liberated from the schoolmasterly disciplines of chronology, narrative, and moral judgment.’
      • ‘Just how that could be done in a vacuum, with pupils ignorant of historical events or chronology, was not explained.’
      • ‘Under Duport, Barrow studied Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, literature, chronology, geography and theology.’
      • ‘A chronological history is, however, difficult to present because of the lack of concern of the ancient Indians to chronology and historical perspective.’
      record, written account, history, annals, archive, archives, register
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Late 16th century: from modern Latin chronologia, from Greek khronos ‘time’ + -logia (see -logy).