history

/ˈhɪstri / (say 'histree), /ˈhɪstəri / (say 'histuhree)

noun (plural histories)
1. the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
2. the record of past events, especially in connection with humankind.
3. a continuous, systematic written narrative, in order of time, of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc.
4. the aggregate of past events.
5. a past worthy of record or out of the ordinary: a ship with a history.
6. a systematic account of any set of natural phenomena, without reference to time.
7. a drama representing historical events.
phrase
8. be ancient history, to be finished or gone irrevocably.
9. be history, Colloquial
a. to be dead.
b. to be ruined or incapacitated.
c. to be broken beyond repair.
10. go down in history, (of an event or person) to be sufficiently significant to be always remembered.
11. make history, to achieve lasting fame.
12. the rest is history, the rest of the story is well-known and authenticated (usually following an account of facts alleged or hitherto not known).
{Middle English, from Latin historia, from Greek: a learning or knowing by inquiry, information, narrative, history}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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