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a chronicler of events, especially yearly ones; historian.
Historical Examples

Such works are highly valuable, but they are so to the annalist or historian rather than the ordinary reader.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845 Various

As the Turkish annalist says, “Torghūd had become the drawn sword of Islam.”
The Story of the Barbary Corsairs Stanley Lane-Poole

So great pestilence, says the St Albans annalist, under the year 1407, had not been seen for many years.
A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II) Charles Creighton

Dr. Holmes, the annalist, says, that tea began to be used in New England in 1720.
Tea Leaves Various

To use the expression of a Russian annalist, the people gathered around their prince as bees cluster around their queen.
The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott

It was to the first of these visitations that the annalist Clyn succumbed.
Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II) Richard Bagwell

But the real formula is, post trigesimum diem, and we may ask, Why did Livy or the annalist whom he followed make this alteration?
The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1 Various

This is just the point at which the historian diverges from the annalist.
History of Civilization in England, Vol. 2 of 3 Henry Thomas Buckle

The annalist of the order confessed his crime, and appeared in the auto-da-f with the San-benito.
The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII. Juan Antonio Llorente

“And thus were the jelly-pardons obtained,” says the annalist.
History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V J. H. Merle d’Aubigné


“one who keeps a chronicle of events by year,” 1610s, from French analiste; see annals + -ist.


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