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History appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Rae, droopy rots I hate get a history, poor dear.
  • "Stark narcissi history rots," I hiss, "I crank rats."
  • "Parody rots," I had idyllist egos tell a man on a mallet, "so get silly: did a history do rap?"
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun history:

spoken English24.48%written English75.52% imaginative writing20.31%informational writing79.69%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun history:


The word history is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun history

What does history mean as a name of something?

History is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: histories

  1. the aggregate of past events
    • example: a critical time in the school's history
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: past / past times / yesteryear = the time that has elapsed
    • parts:
      • antiquity = the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
      • historic period / age = an era of history having some distinctive feature
      • Middle Ages / Dark Ages = the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
      • Renaissance / Renascence = the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world
  2. a record or narrative description of past events
  3. the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings
  4. the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future
    • example: all of human history
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic word: continuum = a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts
  5. all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge
    • examples: the dawn of recorded history | from the beginning of history
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: cognition / knowledge / noesis = the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

Alternative definition of the noun history


  1. The aggregate of past events.
  2. The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.
  3. A record or narrative description of past events.
  4. [medicine] The list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.
  5. [computing] A record of previous user events.


  1. History is a five-member boy group from South Korea formed by LOEN Entertainment. They debuted on April 26, 2013 with "Dreamer", featuring the narration of their fellow labelmate IU. They are LOEN Entertainment's first boy group.
  2. History is a musical group.
    • albums: "Love? My Dear, You Kiss Like a Hedonist"
  3. History is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Big History, Lost History, Love History, Alter History, Future history, Ancient history, History of Guns, History For Sale, The Secret History, history of painters, The Natural History, History of the decline, The History of Apple Pie, The History of Colour Tv, A Popular History of Signs, Epic Rap Battles of History and This Moment in Black History.


  1. History is a pan-European television channel broadcasting programs related to historical events and persons, owned by a joint-venture between A+E Networks, owner of the American History, and British Sky Broadcasting, the UK's largest pay-TV provider. AMC Networks International DMC is responsible for the signal distribution across mainland Europe and the subsidiaries of AMC Networks International are the distribution representatives across Europe. Its programming is mainly in English and locally subtitled or dubbed. It is available through numerous satellite, cable, terrestrial and IPTV distributors across Europe and the Middle East. In some countries the advertisement and the announcements between programs are localized.
  2. History is a record label.


  1. "HIStory" is the 1997 single by Michael Jackson.
    • also known as HIStory/Ghosts
    • released on (17 years ago)
  2. "History" is a song by Chinese-South Korean boy bands Exo-K and Exo-M. It served as their second "prologue" single from their debut record Mama. Available in both Korean and Mandarin, the song was digitally released on March 9, 2012, by S.M. Entertainment.
  3. "History" is a song on Michael Jackson's album, HIStory. At the beginning of the song there are various quotes from the history of America including one from Michael Jackson from when he was in the Jackson 5. Some quotes are also put in the middle of the song including one from Martin Luther King. It was composed by James Harris III and Terry Lewis. The vocals are sung by Boyz II Men. The song lasts for 6 minutes and 34 seconds with the last minute being used for other quotes in American history such as ones about Rosa Parks, the Statue of Liberty, Disneyland, the Berlin Wall and the first man on the moon. A remix of the song was featured on Michael Jackson's 1997 album, Blood on the Dance Floor. On June 13, 2005, Jackson played this song on his official website in celebration of his acquittal.
  4. "History" is a song by English rock band The Verve, and is featured on their second album, A Northern Soul. It was released 18 September 1995 as the third and final single from the album, charting at #24 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is notable for being released after the band's sudden first break up.
  5. "History" is the second studio album released by American CCM musician Matthew West. The album was released on Universal South Records on June 21, 2005. While the entire album was produced by Kenny Greenberg and Jason Houser, six of the tracks were written solely by West and the other five he co-wrote with the album's producers and others. Three radio singles were released off the album: "Next Thing You Know", "Only Grace", and "History".
  6. "HIStory" a.k.a. "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1": HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is the ninth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on June 16, 1995 by Epic Records. This is Jackson's first album on his own label, MJJ Productions, and consists of two discs: the first disc is a compilation of some of his greatest hits from 1979 forward, while the second disc is composed entirely of new material. The majority of the second disc's tracks were written and produced by Jackson, often in conjunction with collaborators.
  7. "History" is the rarest of Alphaville albums. Released in 1993 only on cassette, and only to members of the official fan club, History is a collection of early Alphaville demo tracks, b-sides, and a few out-takes.
  8. "History" is a compilation album by German band Dune. It was released in October 2000 on the label Orbit Records. It includes the new single "Hardcore Vibes 2000" featuring Trubblemaker. As an extra bonus this album exclusively contains the first Dune computer game Keep The Secret. The tracks Back To The Future, Here I Am and Space Invaders were from the cancelled album Reunion.
  9. "History" is the twelfth studio album by American singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, released on September 21, 1992 on Charisma Records. The album was recorded following the death of Wainwright's father, Loudon Wainwright Jr..
  10. "History" is the debut EP by Canadian indie rock band controller.controller. It was released on August 3, 2004 on Paper Bag Records.
  11. "History" is the seventh track and third single off Funeral for a Friend's second album, Hours. It reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.
  12. "History" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  13. "HISTORY" is a 2012 single by Exo.
  14. "History" is a musical single of The Verve.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  15. "History" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  16. "History" is a musical album of Masochist.
    • also known as History (disc 2)
    • released on (7 years ago)
  17. "History" is a musical album of Black Heaven.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  18. "History" is a musical album of JPP.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  19. "History" is a musical album of James Keelaghan.
    • released on
  20. "HISTORY" is a musical album of Fin.K.L.
    • released on (13 years ago)


  1. "History": History: A Novel is a novel by Italian author Elsa Morante, generally regarded as her most famous and controversial work. Published in 1974, it narrates the story of a partly Jewish woman, Ida Ramundo, and her two sons Antonio and Giuseppe in Rome, during and immediately after the Second World War.
    • also known as "La Storia", "LaStoria (2 Volumes)", La storia
    • language: Italian Language
    • released in (41 years ago)
  2. "History" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in the March 1941 issue of Super Science Stories and reprinted in the 1972 collection The Early Asimov.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (74 years ago)
  3. "History" is a book by John H. Arnold, published on (14 years ago).
    • also known as "History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)"
  4. "History" is a book by Craig Raine.
    • also known as "History (Penguin Audiobooks)"
    • subjects: Family, Russia, 20th century, England


  1. History is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by A+E Networks, a joint venture between the Hearst Corporation and the Disney–ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company.
    • also known as The History Channel
    • written works: "The Great American History Quiz", "Photos for the Future"
    • some of the nominations and awards:
        • nominated to ASTRA Award for Channel of the Year
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Entertainment - "Pawn Stars"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Information - "American Pickers"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Use of HD - "WWII in HD"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Miscellaneous - "America: The Story of Us"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Documentary - "WWII in HD"
        • nominated to Satellite Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film - "Hatfields & McCoys"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Entertainment - "Swamp People"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Entertainment - "Gettysburg"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Use of HD - "Vietnam in HD"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Documentary - "Vietnam in HD"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Information - "American Pickers"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Entertainment - "Pawn Stars"
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Miscellaneous - "Top Shot"
        • Satellite Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film - "Hatfields & McCoys"
    • official website:
  2. History is the study of the past, particularly how it relates to humans. It is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events. Scholars who write about history are called historians. Events occurring prior to written record are considered prehistory.
    • also known as 歷史, Historiografie, 历史
  3. History a.k.a. Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the action takes place in the past. It is an ambiguous term, because while it is frequently used as a synonym for the historical novel, the term is often used to describe other narrative formats, such as those in the performing and visual arts like theatre, opera, cinema, television, comics, and graphic novels.
    • also known as Historical Film
  4. History is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel that presents programming related to history and historical fiction. It is owned by Shaw Media, with the History brand used under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks. The channel operates two time-shifted feeds: East and West. The West Coast feed was launched on September 1, 2006.
  5. History is one of the three main genres in Western theatre alongside tragedy and comedy, although it originated, in its modern form, thousands of years later than the other primary genres. For this reason, it is often treated as a subset of tragedy. A play in this genre is known as a history play and is based on a historical narrative, often set in the medieval or early modern past. History emerged as a distinct genre from tragedy in Renaissance England. The best known examples of the genre are the history plays written by William Shakespeare, whose plays still serve to define the genre. History plays also appear elsewhere in British and Western literature, such as Thomas Heywood's Edward IV, Schiller's Mary Stuart or the Dutch genre Gijsbrecht van Aemstel.
    • also known as History play
  6. History is an Asian television channel with shows on historical events and persons. The channel is owned by A+E Networks Asia, a joint-venture between A+E Networks, owner of the American History, and Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd. In India History TV18 owned by a joint-venture between A+E Networks and under permission registered Discovery Communications, owner of the American History and Network 18, Indian media group & available in eight languages in India.
  7. history: The various Unix shells maintain a record of the commands issued by the user during the current session. The history command manipulates this history list. In its simplest form, it prints the history list. Options allow for the recall and editing of particular commands and for setting parameters such as the number of past commands to retain in the list.
  8. History is an art subject.
  9. History, formerly known as Fox History, is a television channel in Australia and New Zealand, that broadcasts non-fictional programs regarding historical events and persons, as well as various metaphysical, pseudoscientific, and paranormal phenomena—often with observations and explanations by noted historians, scholars, authors, esotericists, astrologers, and Biblical scholars as well as reenactments and interviews with witnesses, and/or families of witnesses.
    • also known as The History Channel Australia, Fox History
    • some of the nominations and awards:
        • nominated to Logie Award for Most Outstanding Documentary - "The Battle of Long Tan", with Foxtel
        • nominated to Logie Award for Most Outstanding Documentary - "Beyond Kokoda"
        • nominated to Logie Award for Most Outstanding Factual Program - "Tony Robinson Explores Australia", with Foxtel
        • ASTRA Channel Achievement Award
    • official website:
  10. History is a peer-reviewed academic journal published quarterly by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Historical Association. It was established in 1916 and publishes original articles, book reviews, and archive pieces in all areas of historical scholarship.
  11. History a.k.a. History: is a compilation album by Grime rapper JME, released on 13 February 2011. It was released independently on Boy Better Know Records. It charted at number 162 on the UK Albums Chart.
  12. History is a cataloged instance, musical recording.
  13. History is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with History

Phrases starting with the word History:

  1. history lesson
  2. history department
  3. History Repeats Itself

Phrases ending with the word History:

  1. art history
  2. Call History
  3. case history
  4. life history
  5. Made History
  6. Make History
  7. family history
  8. Postal history
  9. ancient history
  10. medical history
  11. natural history
  12. American History
  13. Alternate history
  14. Computation history
  15. Prosecution History
  16. The Rest Is History
  17. department of history

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for History

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Google previewLetters to His Son (1901)

On the Fine Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman by Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield

History is an account of whatever has been done by any country in general, or by any number of people, or by any one...

Sacred history is the Bible, that is, the Old and New Testament The Old Testament is the history of the Jews, who were ...

Google previewTeaching of History (1984)

by S. K. Kochhar

Burckhardt says, "History is the record of what one age finds worthy of note in another." In the words of Miller, "The...

Google previewThe Works of Lord Chesterfield (1855)

Including His Letters to His Son, Etc : to which is Prefixed, an Original Life of the Author by Lord Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield

History is an account of whatever has been done by an country in general, or by any number of people, or by any one man;

Ancient history is the account of all the kingdoms and countries in the world, down to the end of the Roman empire.

Google previewThe School Journal (1899)

History is the treasure-house of facts for all the sciences which are concerned with man in society—ethics, economics, sociology, teleology,

History is a form of thought by which the logic of causation is applied to man's knowledge of himself.

Google previewHistory as a Science: The Philosophy of R.G. Collingwood (1981)

by Jan van der Dussen

With regard to history a parte objecti we will begin with Collingwood's thesis that all history is the history of thought and the related issue of the neglect of objective conditions alleged by some interpreters. On the methodological aspects of ...

Google previewCognitive and Instructional Processes in History and the Social Sciences (1994)

by Mario Carretero, James F. Voss

Angel Riviere Autonoma University of Madrid From some philosophical perspectives, history is a construction deeply rooted in the human cognitive system. In the philosophy of Jos6 Ortega y Gasset, for example, the activity of making stories is ...

Google previewNo More Moanin (1974)

by Sue Thrasher, Leah Wise, John Beecher, Mark Naison, Vincent Harding, Neill Herring, Ken Lawrence, Chuck Hunter, Tony Weaver, Mike Wells, Darryl Hunter, Bill Murrah, Fran Ansley, Brenda Bell, Florence Reece, James A. Dombrowski, Grace Roberts, Larry Neal, Bernice Reagon, Marion Post Wolcott, Vera Buch Weisbord, Carolyn Ashbaugh, Dan McCurry

White History is the history of justification, whether religious or secular.

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (2013)

by Joan Shelley Rubin, Paul S. Boyer, Professor Scott E. Casper

Intellectual history is the related chronicle of a formal body of thought, in this case the ideas that Americans have...

Google previewNarrative Matters (1999)

Teaching and Learning History Through Story by Grant Bage

Chapter 3 For children history is a story, and a story mainly about people.

History is a negotiated practice offering provisional knowledge.

Google previewCreative Teaching: History in the Primary Classroom (2012)

by Rosie Turner-Bisset

History is the imaginative reconstruction of the past using what evidence we can find. Historical...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tariffs and Trade in U.S. History: The encyclopedia (2003)

by Cynthia Clark Northrup, Elaine C. Prange Turney

history from the 1600s to 2003 is a complicated and often overlooked topic. Designed as a reference tool for anyone wishing to learn more ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social History (1993)

by Peter N. Stearns

Public history emerged as a distinct field in the second half of the 1970s.Clearly, historians havealwayshad a public or, more precisely,avarietyof publicaudiences. The term “public history” was first coined in 1975 by Professor Robert Kelley of ...

Google previewUniversity Musical Encyclopedia: A history of music (1910)

The saxophone may, A HISTORY OF MUSIC 313.

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Quotes about History

a famous person dies
a war rages
a new invention
a building opens
what happens if something happens to me
is that history?
So why do we care..... (Andrea Thepoet)
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Scrabble value of H4I1S1T1O1R1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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