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

Other Words from biographical

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 Timothée ended up being cast as Nic Sheff in the biographical film which followed the relationship of a father-son duo. Seventeen, 4 May 2022 The biographical film follows Haft in two timelines: his time in the camp, depicted in black and white, and his present life, growing older and searching for Leah while his traumas follow — and plague — him. Sasha Urban, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 This biographical film shows the transition and life of Brandon Teena, a transgender man in rural Nebraska. cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 As folks may know, Lin-Manuel made his directional debut in the biographical musical drama film Tick, Tick... Boom!, which also earned two nods. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 28 Mar. 2022 What are some elements of your life and career the theater production of TINA is able to amplify that your biographical film and even recent documentary didn’t? Brande Victorian, Essence, 22 Mar. 2022 The biographical film Moneyball also helped demonstrate a similar concept by illustrating a new and successful connection between empirical analysis and baseball — employing the methodology of scouting, analyzing and placing players. Joanna Dutra, Forbes, 18 May 2021 In the biographical film, Hampton becomes chairman of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party, which was founded by Newton and Seale in 1966. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 25 Apr. 2021 Back in October, it was confirmed that the actress would portray Egyptian queen Cleopatra in a new biographical film, reuniting with her Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of biographical

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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