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



BrE BrE//hɪˈstɔːrieɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//hɪˈstɔːrieɪtɪd//
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(of the first letter of a text) decorated with designs representing scenes from the text Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French historié, past participle of historier in an obsolete sense ‘illustrate’, from medieval Latin historiare, via Latin from Greek historia ‘finding out, narrative, history’, from histōr ‘learned, wise man’, from an Indo-European root shared by wit ‘have knowledge’.
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