(noun, adjective)


1. of or relating to the study of history

- historical scholars

- a historical perspective

2. having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary

- the historical Jesus

- doubt that a historical Camelot every existed

- actual historical events

Similar word(s): existent, real

3. belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past

- historic victories

- historical (or historic) times

- a historical character

Similar word(s): past, historic

4. used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time

Similar word(s): diachronic

Sentences with historical as an adjective:

- July 4, 1776, is an historic date. A great deal of historical research has been done on the events leading up to that day.

- The historical works of Lord Macaulay and Edward Gibbon are in and of themselves historic.

- The Royal Historical Society / The State Historical Society of Wisconsin

- historical-political


1. A historical romance.