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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.
Origin of historian
1400-50; late Middle English. See history, -an Unabridged
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  • He says others can judge whether he did that-and the consensus among historians clearly favors him.
  • historians have long thought that one of the hurdles the colonists faced was a lack of financial and material support.
  • History gives us a perfect starting point and historians have known about these migrations for centuries.
  • Regions are to geographers as time periods are to historians.
  • Archaeologists and historians routinely debate whether to restore ruins for the benefit of visitors.
  • Ever since, historians have argued about whether the tale is true.
  • historians have viewed her both as a brazen usurper and a gender-bending innovator.
  • Archaeologists, historians, and other scholars found themselves aloft as part of the war effort.
  • He has corresponded with other amateur liquor historians.
  • We usually leave that to historians and literary critics.
British Dictionary definitions for historians


a person who writes or studies history, esp one who is an authority on it
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Word Origin and History for historians



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]

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