adjective Linguistics.

  1. of or relating to the changes in a linguistic system between successive points in time; historical: diachronic analysis.


  1. of, relating to, or studying the development of a phenomenon through time; historicaldiachronic linguistics Compare synchronic

1857, from Greek dia “throughout” (see dia-) + khronos “time” (see chrono-). Use in linguistics dates from 1927.


  1. Of or concerned with phenomena as they change through time.

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