Meaning of “historic” in the English Dictionary

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"historic" in British English

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uk /hɪˈstɒr.ɪk/ us /hɪˈstɔːr.ɪk/

B1 important or likely to be important in history:

historic buildings
a historic day/moment
In a historic vote, the Church of England decided to allow women to become priests.

specialized law A historic offence is one that was committed by someone in the past but that they were not charged with at the time:

He pleaded guilty to a charge of rape, as well as five historic sexual offences.

More examples

  • How many historic buildings are damaged by fire each year?
  • Modernizing historic buildings can often do more harm than good.
  • Parts of the Berlin wall are being allowed to stand as historic monuments.
  • The coronation of a new king is, of course, a historic occasion.
  • The building resonates with historic significance.

(Definition of “historic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"historic" in American English

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historicadjective [ not gradable ]

us /hɪˈstɔr·ɪk, -ˈstɑr-/

(of a thing or event) important when studied as part of the past:

historic buildings and monuments

(Definition of “historic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)