Use the adjective historical to describe something that happened in the past, like the historical details of your ancestors' immigration to the United States.

When you're talking about events in the past, you can call them historical. Civil War reenactors might work hard to research the perfect historical costumes, and set designers for period films try to recreate rooms with historical accuracy, making them look just like they would have in the past. The word historical traces back to the Greek word historia, "a learning by inquiry, history, or record."

Definitions of historical

adj of or relating to the study of history

historical scholars”
“a historical perspective”
unconcerned with or unrelated to history or to historical development or to tradition

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

concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents
synchronal, synchronic, synchronous
occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase
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adj belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past

“a historical character”
earlier than the present time; no longer current

adj 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”
existent, real
being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory

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