Definition: Historian

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English historian, historien, from Old French historien, from Latin historia (story, history).


historian (plural historians)

  1. A writer of history; a chronicler; an annalist.
  2. One who studies or researches history.
  3. (medicine) One who recounts their own medical history.

Derived terms

  • art historian
  • ethnohistorian
  • family historian
  • media historian
  • natural historian
  • public historian
  • social historian


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