A chronology is like a timeline: it tells what happened when. A chronology of your day would begin when you wake up and end when you go to sleep. Hopefully, something interesting happened in between.

Khronos is the Greek word for "time" and that's where chronology comes from. If a movie has a lot of flashbacks or doesn't tell a story straight through from beginning to end, you might have to give it some thought in order to put together a chronology of events. If you are a detective, a correct chronology could be important to solving your case.

Definitions of chronology

n the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events

the determination of how long ago different languages evolved from a common source language
Type of:
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts
studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)

n an arrangement of events in time

Type of:
temporal relation
a relation involving time

n a record of events in the order of their occurrence

a sequence of related events arranged in chronological order and displayed along a line (usually drawn left to right or top to bottom)
Type of:
written account, written record
a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

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