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 (hĭ-stôr′ĭk, -stŏr′-)
1. Having importance in or influence on history.
2. Historical.
Usage Note: Historic and historical have similar, though usually distinct, meanings. Historic refers to that which is associated with significant events in history: the historic first voyage to the moon. Thus, a historic house is likely to be of interest not just because it is relatively old, but because an important person lived in it or was otherwise associated with it. In contrast, historical refers more generally to that which happened in the past, regardless of significance: a minor historical character in the novel, the historical architecture in the center of town. These distinctions are not always observed, however, and a historic tour of a city might include the same sights as a historical tour. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the context makes the intended meaning clear.


1. famous or likely to become famous in history; significant
2. (Historical Terms) a less common word for historical1, historical2, historical3, historical4, historical5
3. (Linguistics) linguistics Also: secondary (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit verb tenses) referring to past time
Usage: A distinction is usually made between historic (important, significant) and historical (pertaining to history): a historic decision; a historical perspective


(hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-)

1. well-known or important in history: a historic building.
[1605–15; < Latin < Greek]


1. 'historic'

You use historic to say that something was important in history, or that it will be regarded as important in the future.

...their historic struggle for emancipation.
...a historic decision.
2. 'historical'

You use historical to say that someone or something really existed or happened in the past, rather than being invented by a writer.

Which historical figure would be guest of honour at your house-warming party?

Historical novels, plays, and films deal with real or imaginary events in the past.

...Richard of Bordeaux, a historical play by Gordon Daviot.

Historical occurs in the names of some organizations concerned with the subject of history.

...the German Historical Institute.

However, if you want to say that something relates to the teaching of history, you use history in front of another noun. You do not use 'historic' or 'historical'.

...a history book.
...a history lesson.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.historic - belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past; "historic victories"; "historical (or historic) times"; "a historical character"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
2.historic - important in history; "the historic first voyage to outer space"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"


adjective significant, notable, momentous, famous, celebrated, extraordinary, outstanding, remarkable, ground-breaking, consequential, red-letter, epoch-making the historic changes in Eastern Europe
ordinary, unknown, unimportant, uncelebrated
Usage: Although historic and historical are similarly spelt they are very different in meaning and should not be used interchangeably. A distinction is usually made between historic, which means `important' or `significant', and historical, which means `pertaining to history': a historic decision; a historical perspective.


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[hɪsˈtɒrɪk] ADJhistórico


[hɪˈstɒrɪk] adj
(= momentous) [agreement, decision] → historique; [victory] → historique; [opportunity] → historique
an historic opportunity to redraw the political map of the Middle East → une occasion historique de redessiner la carte politique du Moyen-Orient
an historic moment → un moment historique


adj (also Gram) → historisch


[hɪsˈtɒrɪk] adjstorico/a


(ˈhistəri) plural ˈhistories noun
1. the study of events etc that happened in the past. She is studying British history; (also adjective) a history lesson/book.
2. a description usually in writing of past events, ways of life etc. I'm writing a history of Scotland.
3. (the description of) the usually interesting events etc associated with (something). This desk/word has a very interesting history.
hiˈstorian (-ˈstoː-) noun
a person who studies (and writes about) history.
hiˈstoric (-ˈsto-) adjective
famous or important in history. a historic battle.
hiˈstorical (-ˈsto-) adjective
1. of or about history; of or about people or events from history. historical research; historical novels.
2. that actually happened or existed, not legendary or mythical. Was Shakespeare's character Macbeth a historical person?
hiˈstorically (-ˈsto-) adverb
make history
to do something very important, especially to be the first to do something. The Wright brothers made history when they were the first to fly an aeroplane.
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Doubtless a wealth of material of historic interest here," said Professor Bumper, flashing his torch on the skeletons.
The actress who played Marguerite was even then old-fashioned, though historic.
Nor, in some historic instances, has the art of human malice omitted so potent an auxiliary.
I floated down its historic stream in something more than imagination, under bridges built by the Romans, and repaired by later heroes, past cities and castles whose very names were music to my ears, and each of which was the subject of a legend.
Yes, I know, I know; you go to cathedrals, and exclaim; and you drag through league-long picture-galleries and exclaim; and you stand here, and there, and yonder, upon historic ground, and continue to exclaim; and you are permeated with your first crude conceptions of Art, and are proud and happy.
Many historic vows had met with sadly less lucky fulfilment.
In the front of the house, people remembered the catastrophe that had befallen Carlotta at the end of that act and the historic "co-ack" which had momentarily interrupted her career in Paris.
You have raised your voices in an unmistakable chorus, you have cast your votes in historic numbers, you have changed the face of congress, the presidency, and the political process itself.
These two individuals proved the truth of that axiom by the opposing historic tints that were visible in their faces, in their conversation, in their ideas, and in their clothes.
Always the same impassible member of the Reform Club, whom no incident could surprise, as unvarying as the ship's chronometers, and seldom having the curiosity even to go upon the deck, he passed through the memorable scenes of the Red Sea with cold indifference; did not care to recognise the historic towns and villages which, along its borders, raised their picturesque outlines against the sky; and betrayed no fear of the dangers of the Arabic Gulf, which the old historians always spoke of with horror, and upon which the ancient navigators never ventured without propitiating the gods by ample sacrifices.
Yes, but understand me; not being of a race of historic fame, like the De Courcys, who were content to be plain sirs, or the Rohans, who didn't wish to be dukes, all these people, who are all either vicomtes or comtes go before me at church in all the ceremonies, and I can say nothing to them.
It is a stately church, surrounded by an inclosure of the loveliest green, within which appear urns, pillars, obelisks, and other forms of monumental marble, the tributes of private affection, or more splendid memorials of historic dust.

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