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 biographical (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 biographical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was updated on February 24, 2021, to correct biographical information about Jefferson Davis. Aaron Morrison, ajc, "SPLC: At least 160 Confederate symbols taken down in 2020," 24 Feb. 2021 Washington is widely considered one of the OG Black hotties of Hollywood, and the 1992 biographical drama undoubtedly helped cement that status. Ineye Komonibo,, "My Respectful Thirst For Malcolm X Was Reinforced By One Night In Miami," 17 Jan. 2021 So viewers may see some new details on screen that weren’t showcased in the 1997 biographical film starring Jennifer Lopez. Fortune, "3 lessons tech leaders are learning from the pandemic," 3 Dec. 2020 Rather than simply rehashing biographical details of Diana's life Stewart's film will turn inward. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart Says She Feels "Protective" of Princess Diana Now That's She's Playing the Late Royal," 26 Nov. 2020 The Story of Will Rogers, a biographical film starring Will Rogers Jr. and Jane Wyman, appeared in 1952. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Will Rogers Was One of a Kind," 5 Aug. 2020 Card backs contain biographical details and cover American history and civil rights. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Negro Leagues baseball card set, mystery bobblehead available," 16 June 2020 According to one biographical pamphlet, influential friends, perhaps white clients of his barbershop, interceded for him. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021 Some of the biographical confusions are understandable. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, "The Prophet of Maximum Productivity," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of biographical

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biographical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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