Definition of chronology in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similar developments in European politics owed much to a broadly shared chronology caused by events on a continental or global scale.’
    • ‘The following are my findings regarding the relevant chronology of events.’
    • ‘Those letters need to be looked at in the context of the particular chronology of events.’
    • ‘The chronology of historic mining operations in Tennessee caves is problematic.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘The interviews are not arranged in order of birth chronology or in any other particular sequence.’
    • ‘The chronology of events leading up to the trial is important.’
    • ‘In the early chapters, the book follows a historical chronology rather than a natural one, focusing on how interpretations have changed with subsequent discoveries.’
    • ‘Further, it can be pointed out that he had no sense of chronology or sequence of time while writing the chapter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The single column format - much like the weblog format - highlights chronology, promotes the idea that the material is novel, cutting-edge, breaking news.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Again, this event intersected the larger chronology in a finely tuned set of near coincidences.’
    • ‘A relatively clear chronology has been established for a significant portion of his oeuvre.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 contains a wonderful chronology and a complete bibliography, and it is fun to read.’
      • ‘All have been carefully edited with helpful introductions, notes, reading lists and useful chronologies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a detailed chronology and an excellent index.’
      • ‘She has provided a detailed commentary on Ray's films and compiled an extensive filmography, added a chronology, and updated the index.’
      • ‘In addition, there is a very extensive bibliography, a chronology, a glossary, and a list of acronyms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A chronology of major events (broken down by year, and not further by month or date) and a subject guide follow the introduction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has a comprehensive bibliography, index and a chronology of the period.’
      • ‘Each box includes a chronology of cultural and historical events to set the composer's life in context.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This chronology of events is well researched and laced with chilling quotes from these ‘freedom fighters’ and their leaders.’
      • ‘The book also has a very useful chronology of events from 1947 to this year.’
      • ‘Finally there is a selection of criticism from Chesterton to the editor herself followed by a chronology and selected bibliography.’
      • ‘Perhaps if I can hand up to your Honour a chronology that I prepared in the matter and also an amended draft order nisi.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The study of historical records to establish the dates of past events.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To its followers, heritage offered a free ticket into a past liberated from the schoolmasterly disciplines of chronology, narrative, and moral judgment.’
      • ‘Under Duport, Barrow studied Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, literature, chronology, geography and theology.’
      • ‘This gentry subscribed liberally to the clergymen's local histories, incorporating chronology, natural history and meteorology.’
      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).