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[kron-i-kuh l] /ˈkrɒn ɪ kəl/
a chronological record of events; a history.
verb (used with object), chronicled, chronicling.
to record in or as in a chronicle.
Origin of chronicle
1275-1325; Middle English cronicle < Anglo-French, variant, with -le -ule, of Old French cronique < Medieval Latin cronica (feminine singular), Latin chronica (neuter plural) < Greek chroniká annals, chronology; see chronic
Related forms
chronicler, noun
unchronicled, adjective
2. recount, relate, narrate, report. Unabridged
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  • Observe, however, that no mention whatever is made of London in the chronicle.

    London Walter Besant
  • To such straits has the chronicle reduced the citizens of Washington.

  • We have yet to chronicle another chapter in the history of coal philosophy before finishing with this part of the subject.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • But this particular year—the year in which this chronicle begins—no draft had been received.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • What he saw in the waistcoat to chronicle I confess I have failed to see.

British Dictionary definitions for chronicle


a record or register of events in chronological order
(transitive) to record in or as if in a chronicle
Derived Forms
chronicler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French cronicle, via Latin chronica (pl), from Greek khronika annals, from khronikos relating to time; see chronic
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Word Origin and History for chronicle

c.1300, cronicle, from Anglo-French cronicle, from Old French cronique "chronicle" (Modern French chronique), from Latin chronica (neuter plural mistaken for fem. singular), from Greek ta khronika (biblia) "the (books of) annals, chronology," neuter plural of khronikos "of time." Ending modified in Anglo-French, perhaps by influence of article. Old English had cranic "chronicle," cranicwritere "chronicler." The classical -h- was restored in English from 16c.


c.1400, croniclen, from chronicle (n.). Related: Chronicled; chronicling.

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