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[hi-stawr-ee-uh n, -stohr-] /hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-/
an expert in history; authority on history.
a writer of history; chronicler.
1400-50; late Middle English. See history, -an Unabridged
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Examples from the web for historian
  • Nobody thinks being an art historian is physical work, but it is.
  • The prominence given to the church seems to have appealed forcibly to the historian.
  • Yesterday's papers are quite valuable to the historian.
  • Working on this kind of thing is a good way to trick yourself into thinking you're a historian.
  • Michelle, meanwhile, found herself married to another historian.
  • The art historian set out to discover how the pictures were made.
  • Eventually he became a self-styled military historian and intelligence officer.
  • As an elected official is accountable to the citizenry a historian should be accountable to his biases.
  • The continual rearrangement of the past to suit current prejudices is, after all, the historian's work.
  • Every historian knows that a hegemonic currency is part of an imperial system of political relations.
British Dictionary definitions for historian


a person who writes or studies history, esp one who is an authority on it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for historian

mid-15c., from Middle French historien (14c.), from Latin historia (see history). As "writer of history in the higher sense" (distinguished from a mere annalist or chronicler), from 1530s. The Old English word was þeod-wita.

[T]he historian's fallacy is the error of assuming that a man who has a given historical experience knows it, when he has had it, to be all that a historian would know it to be, with the advantage of historical perspective. [David Hackett Fischer, "Historians' Fallacies," 1970]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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historian in Technology

A source code management system sold by OPCODE, Inc.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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