Definition of historic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɪˈstɒrɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɔːrɪk//
    , NAmE//ˈstɑːrɪk//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1important in history; likely to be thought of as important at some time in the future a historic building/monument The area is of special historic interest. Visit historic Chester. a historic occasion/decision/day/visit/victory The party has won a historic victory at the polls. Which Word?historic / historical Historic is usually used to describe something that is so important that it is likely to be remembered:Today is a historic occasion for our country.Historical usually describes something that is connected with the past or with the study of history, or something that really happened in the past:I have been doing some historical research. Was Robin Hood a historical figure?
  2. 2of a period during which history was recorded in historic times compare prehistoric
  3. Some speakers do not pronounce the ‘h’ at the beginning of historic and use ‘an’ instead of ‘a’ before it. This now sounds old-fashioned.
    Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to or in accordance with history’): via Latin from Greek historikos, from historia ‘narrative, knowing by enquiry’, from histōr ‘learned, wise man’, from an Indo-European root shared by wit ‘have knowledge’.
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