Definition of historic in English:

historic

adjective

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

    ‘we are standing on a historic site’
    ‘a time of historic change’
    • ‘Roman coins and blue glass beads have been found among the remains of buildings at the Groundwell Ridge historic site.’
    • ‘There are many pubs and churches and sites of great historic importance.’
    • ‘If Beijing can fulfil such targets, it should be a memorable and historic occasion.’
    • ‘For 2,532 years these historic sites have held importance in the mind of the Buddhists.’
    • ‘It is a truly historic occasion - a moment of passing in the corporate family.’
    • ‘The local community is campaigning for a museum to commemorate the district as the historic birthplace of the famous car.’
    • ‘They had greatly enjoyed the trip and it was a historic and important occasion, he said.’
    • ‘Not many places can boast being both a centre of historic importance and outstanding natural beauty.’
    • ‘Instead, he argued that it was important to win a historic third term.’
    • ‘Those buildings have been there since the 18th century and have historic importance.’
    • ‘Two of Pembroke Dock's most important historic buildings are being given a major facelift.’
    • ‘But he argues that equally important is a historic sense of inferiority in the Muslim world.’
    • ‘It was worth it, as it is one of the most beautiful and important historic Khmer sites in Thailand.’
    • ‘Luxor in Egypt is renowned for its great historic sites but now a special school is making its own bit of history.’
    • ‘Tourism in Kerala thrives not thanks to any sites of religious or historic significance.’
    • ‘Many of Italy's most famous museums and historic sites will in future be run by private companies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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

In general, historic means ‘notable in history, significant in history,’ as in a Supreme Court decision, a battlefield, or a great discovery. Historical means ‘relating to history or past events’: (historical society; historical documents). To write historic instead of historical may imply a greater significance than is warranted: a historical lecture may simply tell about something that happened, whereas a historic lecture would in some way change the course of human events. It would be correct to say, Professor Suarez's historical lecture on the Old Southwest was given at the historic mission church On the use of an historic moment or a historic moment, see an.

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

/hɪˈstɔrɪk//hiˈstôrik/