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 (hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-)
a. Of or relating to history; concerned with past events: a historical account.
b. Based on past events or set in the past: a historical novel.
c. Used in or providing evidence of the past: historical costumes; historical records.
2. Concerned with phenomena as they change through time: a historical dictionary.
3. Important or famous in history. See Usage Note at historic.

his·tor′i·cal·ly adv.
his·tor′i·cal·ness n.


1. (Historical Terms) belonging to or typical of the study of history: historical methods.
2. (Historical Terms) concerned with or treating of events of the past: historical accounts.
3. (Historical Terms) based on or constituting factual material as distinct from legend or supposition
4. (Historical Terms) based on or inspired by history: a historical novel.
5. (Historical Terms) occurring or prominent in history
6. a less common word for historic1
hisˈtorically adv
hisˈtoricalness n


(hɪˈstɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈstɒr-)

1. of, pertaining to, treating, or characteristic of history or past events: historical records.
2. based on or suggested by history or documented material from the past: a historical novel.
3. having once existed or lived, as opposed to being part of legend, fiction, or religious belief: a study of the historical Jesus.
4. narrated or mentioned in history; belonging to the past.
5. noting or pertaining to analysis based on a comparison among several periods of development of a phenomenon, as in language or economics.
his•tor′i•cal•ly, adv.
his•tor′i•cal•ness, n.


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.


Set in a period earlier than the present.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.historical - of or relating to the study of history; "historical scholars"; "a historical perspective"
ahistorical - unconcerned with or unrelated to history or to historical development or to tradition
2.historical - having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary; "the historical Jesus"; "doubt that a historical Camelot every existed"; "actual historical events"
real, existent - being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
3.historical - 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"
4.historical - used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"


تاريخي، متعلِّق بالتاريختَارِيخِيّحقيقي من ناحية تاريخِيَّه
sögulegursögulegur, sagnfræîilegur; sannur
gerçekten yaşamıştarihitarihî
liên quan đến lịch sử


[hɪsˈtɒrɪkəl] ADJhistórico


[hɪˈstɒrɪkəl] adj
(from the past) [figure, event, monument] → historique
(set in the past) [book, film, play] → historique
historical novel → roman m historique
(related to the study of history) [records, research] → historique
modern historical research → la recherche historique moderne
It was this kind of historical context that Morris brought to his work → C'est ce type de contexte historique que Morris intégra dans son œuvre.
from a historical perspective → d'un point de vue historique
Viewed from a historical perspective, agricultural landscapes are ever changing → D'un point de vue historique, le paysage agricole est en constante transformation.


adjhistorisch; studies, background, investigation, method alsogeschichtlich; historical researchGeschichtsforschung f; places of historical interesthistorisch or geschichtlich interessante Stätten pl


[hɪsˈtɒrɪkl] 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.


تَارِيخِيّ historický historisk historisch ιστορικός histórico historiallinen historique povijesni storico 歴史上の 역사적인 historisch historisk historyczny histórico исторический historisk ที่เกี่ยวกับประวัติศาสตร์ tarihi liên quan đến lịch sử 历史的
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Incidentally the professor will gather in any other antiques of more or less value, if he can find any, and he hopes, even if he doesn't find the idol, to get enough historical material for half a dozen books, to say nothing of magazine articles.
There is sufficient historical truth in the picture to justify the use that has been made of it.
As a final disposition I contemplate depositing them with the Essex Historical Society.
They had never, I think, wanted to do so many things for their poor protectress; I mean--though they got their lessons better and better, which was naturally what would please her most-- in the way of diverting, entertaining, surprising her; reading her passages, telling her stories, acting her charades, pouncing out at her, in disguises, as animals and historical characters, and above all astonishing her by the "pieces" they had secretly got by heart and could interminably recite.
secondly: It is well known in the Sperm Whale Fishery, however ignorant the world ashore may be of it, that there have been several memorable historical instances where a particular whale in the ocean has been at distant times and places popularly cognisable.
Reference was made to the historical story of Jonah and the whale in the preceding chapter.
Here is an historical figure whom all men reverence and love, whom some regard as divine; and who was one of us--who lived our life, and taught our doctrine.
THE ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical.
Potter has no imagination, and no great deal of culture, perhaps, but he has a historical mind and a good memory, and so he is the person I depend upon mainly to post me up when I get back from a scout.
and here it stands yet, and possibly may still be standing here, sunning itself and dreaming its historical dreams, when today shall have been joined to the days called "ancient.
The field for the exhibition of her creative instinct was painfully small, and the only use she had made of it as yet was to leave eggs out of the corn bread one day and milk another, to see how it would turn out; to part Fanny's hair sometimes in the middle, sometimes on the right, and sometimes on the left side; and to play all sorts of fantastic pranks with the children, occasionally bringing them to the table as fictitious or historical characters found in her favorite books.
Title in the form of a Historical Anecdote: 'New Discovery in the Mine of English History.

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