Last modified on 21 June 2014, at 05:37

historical

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From historic +‎ -al.

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AdjectiveEdit

historical (comparative more historical, superlative most historical)

  1. Pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past.

Usage notesEdit

  • Like many terms that start with a non-silent h but have emphasis on their second syllable, some people precede historical with an, others with a.
  • See the usage notes about historic for more.

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NounEdit

historical (plural historicals)

  1. A historical romance.
    • 1999, Anne K. Kaler, Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek, Romantic Conventions, page 63:
      However, as regular romance readers know, the romance novels that appear on the best-seller lists are not Harlequins at all, but rather historicals and contemporaries, which vary widely from the Harlequin pattern in style, plot, and character.