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[kron-i-kuh lz] /ˈkrɒn ɪ kəlz/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
either of two books of the Old Testament, I Chronicles or II Chronicles.
Abbreviation: I Chron., II Chron.


[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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  • It will be observed that we have made use chiefly of documents, quoting from Chronicles only when it seemed absolutely necessary.

  • Perhaps, at some future period, we may venture to open the Chronicles of Mudfog.

  • The priests, by consulting their Chronicles, have discovered that this phenomenon is repeated every five hundred years.

  • She Chronicles every stage of the misery, as though she had felt them all; and how unlike it she looks!

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Poets have sung, enthusiasts have written, and old men have dreamed of them since History began her Chronicles.

British Dictionary definitions for Chronicles


(functioning as sing) either of two historical books (I and II Chronicles) of the Old Testament


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 Chronicles



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Chronicles in the Bible

the words of the days, (1 Kings 14:19; 1 Chr. 27:24), the daily or yearly records of the transactions of the kingdom; events recorded in the order of time.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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