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chronicle play

a drama based on historical material, usually consisting of a series of short episodes or scenes arranged chronologically.
Also called chronicle history.
Origin of chronicle play
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But the chronicle-play is a species apart, and practically an extinct species: we need not pause to study its methods.

    Play-Making William Archer
British Dictionary definitions for chronicle-play

chronicle play

a drama based on a historical subject
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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