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Definition of historic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//hɪˈstɑrɪk//
    [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 Williamsburg. a historic occasion/decision/day/visit/victory
  2. 2of a period during which history was recorded in historic times compare prehistoric
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?
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