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A 19th-century neologism by A. Kronvalds, derived in 1868 from vēstīt (to herald, to announce) (compare vēsts (news)). Its form was influenced by Ancient Greek ἱστορίᾱ (historíā, inquiry, examination, research; news; retelling; history); Kronvalds cited a word historija (no longer in use) as a synonym of vēsture. The concept of history had previously been expressed as stāsti (stories), pasaules stāsti (world stories) (compare German Geschichte (stories; history)), and, in the mid-19th century, also with the Russian-derived term istorija (compare история (istórija)).[1]




vēsture f (5th declension)

  1. history (a chain of events, a process seen as evolving in time)
    Zemes ģeoloģiskā vēsture‎ ― the Earth's geological history
    pilsētas, novada vēsture‎ ― city, regional history
    latviešu kultūras vēsture‎ ― history of Latvian culture
  2. history (the past; past events)
    tas pieder vēsturei‎ ― this is (lit. belongs to) history
    mācīties no vēstures‎ ― to learn from history
    vēstures fakti‎ ― historical facts
    ieiet vēsture‎ ― to enter history (= become famous)
  3. history (the science that studies the development of human societies in time)
    vēstures fakultāte, muzejs‎ ― history faculty, museum
    vēstures filozofija‎ ― philosophy of history
    vēstures avoti‎ ― historical sources
    pilsētas vēstures arhīvs‎ ― city's historical archive
    studēt mākslas vēsture‎ ― to study art history
    seno, senāko laiku vēsture‎ ― older times (= ancient) history
    viduslaiku vēsture‎ ― middle times (= medieval) history
    jauno, jaunāko laiku vēsture‎ ― newer times (= modern) history


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  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “vēsture”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7