Definition of historian noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//hɪˈstɔːriən//
; NAmE NAmE//hɪˈstɔːriən//
People in publishing
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a person who studies or writes about history; an expert in history Some speakers do not pronounce the ‘h’ at the beginning of historian and use ‘an’ instead of ‘a’ before it. This now sounds old-fashioned. See related entries: People in publishing Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French historien, via Latin from Greek historia ‘finding out, narrative, history’, from histōr ‘learned, wise man’, from an Indo-European root shared by wit ‘have knowledge’.Extra examples No serious historian today accepts this theory. Revisionist historians have questioned the accepted version of events. She is a writer as well as a distinguished modern historian. The oldest tradition goes back to the contemporary historian John Foxe. What will future historians make of the late 20th century? a talk given by an eminent social historian the official historian of the Labour Party the official historian of the United States Army
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