historian mid-15c., from M.Fr. historien (14c.), from L. historia (see HISTORY (Cf. history)). As "writer of history in the higher sense" (distinguished from a mere annalist or chronicler), from 1530s. The O.E. word was þeod-wita.
[T]he historian's fallacy is the error of assuming that a man who has a given historical experience knows it, when he has had it, to be all that a historian would know it to be, with the advantage of historical perspective. [David Hackett Fischer, "Historians' Fallacies," 1970]

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  • Historian — His*to ri*an, n. [F. historien.] 1. A writer of history; a chronicler; an annalist. [1913 Webster] Even the historian takes great liberties with facts. Sir J. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] 2. One versed or well informed in history. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • historian — ► NOUN ▪ an expert in history …   English terms dictionary

  • historian — [his tôr′ē ən] n. [MFr historien] 1. a writer of history 2. an authority on or specialist in history …   English World dictionary

  • Historian — An historian is an individual who studies and writes about history, and is regarded as an authority on it. [http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=historian historian] . Wordnet.princeton.edu. Accessed 28 June 2008] Historians are concerned… …   Wikipedia

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  • historian */*/ — UK [hɪˈstɔːrɪən] / US [hɪˈstɔrɪən] noun [countable] Word forms historian : singular historian plural historians someone who studies or writes about events in history …   English dictionary

  • historian — n. 1 a writer of history, esp. a critical analyst, rather than a compiler. 2 a person learned in or studying history (English historian; ancient historian). Etymology: F historien f. L (as HISTORY) …   Useful english dictionary

  • historian — his|to|ri|an W3 [hıˈsto:riən] n someone who studies history, or the history of a particular thing art/literary/military etc historian …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • historian — [[t]hɪstɔ͟ːriən[/t]] historians N COUNT A historian is a person who specializes in the study of history, and who writes books and articles about it …   English dictionary

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