bio·​graph·​i·​cal ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce biographical (audio)
variants or less commonly biographic
: of, relating to, or constituting biography
: consisting of biographies
a biographical dictionary
: relating to a list briefly identifying persons
biographical notes
biographically adverb

Examples of biographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But beyond the facile biographical correspondences with Matar, the two narrators are linked by their friendless inner lives. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 But no one could have ever imagined that a three-hour biographical drama would earn nearly $1 billion at the box office, with nearly $200 million coming from Imax screens. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2024 More recently, Gibson served as an executive producer on the 2023 biographical crime drama Sound of Freedom, which earned $250.5 million at the worldwide box office. Tim Lammers, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2024 Thomas, a Leigh alum, is listed as a physical education and social science teacher on the school’s website; an internet search indicates that his biographical information was recently deleted from his teacher page. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, 25 Mar. 2024 Contributors including Nick Hakim and Buck Meek join the ride, adorning Lenker’s bracing, biographical chronicles with guitar, piano, and violin. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 22 Mar. 2024 Who was Shirley Chisholm? Shirley, a new biographical drama written and directed by John Ridley (writer of the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave), fictionalizes Chisholm’s history-making political career. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 While the series is not biographical, it is informed by Chozick’s experiences, which honor a version of Carr, highlight social issues relevant today and celebrate the depths of female friendship. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 Oppenheimer, the biographical film about the inventor of the atomic bomb, picked up a total of seven Academy Awards, including best picture and best director for Christopher Nolan. Thomas Buckley, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biographical was in 1714

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“Biographical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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