historical

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From historic +‎ -al.

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historical (comparative more historical, superlative most historical)

  1. Pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past.

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historical (plural historicals)

  1. A historical romance.
    • 1999, Anne K. Kaler, Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek, Romantic Conventions (page 63)
      However, as regular romance readers know, the romance novels that appear on the best-seller lists are not Harlequins at all, but rather historicals and contemporaries, which vary widely from the Harlequin pattern in style, plot, and character.