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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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  • He wonders how one dare approach the chronicling of this muddled panorama with anything but humility and despair.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • The chronicling of such inexplicable cruelties I leave to other pens.

    Three Years' War Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • And those dates there, chronicling but the mysterious, unrevealed record of some obscure, loving heart!

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Mr. Raymond, in chronicling this anecdote, tells of the New York Herald giving the story in a mangled and pointless copy.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • Exaggeration finds no more fruitful field than the chronicling of the feats of noted artists.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for chronicling


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 chronicling



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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