Meaning of “history” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /ˈhɪstəri/
PAST [ U ]

A2 the whole series of events in the past that relate to the development of a country, subject, or person:

The Civil War was a terrible time in American history.
What do you know about the history of jazz?

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A2 the study of events in the past:

He's very interested in modern European history.
a history book
a history of sth

If you have a history of a particular problem or illness, you have already suffered from it:

a man with a history of drug addiction

a description or record of events in the past relating to someone or something:

The doctor read through his medical history.
→ See also case history , natural history

(Definition of “history” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)