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


; hɪˈstɔːrɪk
; hɪˈstɑːrɪk
[usually before noun]
1 important in history; likely to be thought of as important at some time in the futurea historic building/monumentThe area is of special historic interest.Visit historic Chester.a historic occasion/decision/day/visit/victory2 of a period during which history was recordedin historic times compare prehistoric
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.
Usage noteUsage note: historic / historicalHistoric 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?