bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce biographical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly biographic \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce biographic (audio) \

Definition of biographical

1 : of, relating to, or constituting biography
2 : consisting of biographies a biographical dictionary
3 : relating to a list briefly identifying persons biographical notes

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biographically \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Associated Press reporter Phuong Le contributed biographical material. Gene Johnson, Indianapolis Star, "William Ruckelshaus, Indianapolis native who defied Nixon in Watergate firing, dies," 27 Nov. 2019 But the lack of identifying biographical details should come as no surprise, says Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks online networks affiliated with jihadist and white supremacist organizations. Joseph Hincks, Time, "A New ISIS Recording Names al-Baghdadi's Successor. Here's What to Know About the New Leader," 1 Nov. 2019 Carefully researched factual accuracy notwithstanding, the play isn’t so much a biographical portrait as a touching exploration of cultural division bridged by a fundamental human need to create. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: Mike Birbiglia, ‘Department of Dreams’ and more," 16 Oct. 2019 Yet James Mangold’s new biographical film about the two companies’ fabled 1966 face-off is an epic that avoids such stereotyping. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ford v Ferrari Tells a Different Kind of Underdog Story," 16 Nov. 2019 Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers and Matthew Rhys the journalist assigned to profile him in Marielle Heller's biographical film. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 Elton John is a legend, and this biographical musical film received rave reviews. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 2019 Halloween Costume Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 30 Aug. 2019 The epic biographical film stars Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong and follows the trying years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of July 14-20," 12 July 2019 Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story Have tissues ready for this true-to-life biographical film. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "The Best Lifetime Channel Movies for Superfans," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of biographical

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biographical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce biographical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of biographical

: relating to or telling the story of a real person's life


bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce biographical (audio) \

Kids Definition of biographical

: of or relating to an account of a real person's life a biographical essay

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