[hi-stawr-ik, -stor-] /hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-/

well-known or important in :
a historic building; historic occasions.
(defs 1–5).
famous or likely to become famous in history; significant
a less common word for historical (sense 1), historical (sense 2), historical (sense 3), historical (sense 4), historical (sense 5)
(linguistics) Also secondary. (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit verb tenses) referring to past time

1660s, probably a back-formation from historical, perhaps influenced by French historique. What is historic is noted or celebrated in history; what is historical deals with history.


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