bio·​pic ˈbī-(ˌ)ō-ˌpik How to pronounce biopic (audio)
: a biographical movie

Examples of biopic in a Sentence

We watched a biopic about Beethoven.
Recent Examples on the Web But King said Wednesday there is an expectation to be objective in a biopic. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 The parents of four stepped out together in London at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square for the world premiere of the Amy Winehouse biopic, which Sam, 57, directed. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Another is a biopic of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a radical leader who opposed Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent resistance and founded the Hindu nationalist ideology embraced by Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2024 Unauthorized biopics, or novels that depict celebrities, are ultimately protected by the First Amendment. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 But between the biography and a planned biopic, a fresh renaissance for her life and art seems to be nearing. Mayukh Sen, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2024 The first, announced earlier this year, will be a biopic of sorts but told entirely through Lego brick animation (it’s fittingly called Piece By Piece). Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 Ellis, of course, collaborates with Nick Cave on the regular, with the two penning over a dozen soundtracks together—including the upcoming Amy Winehouse biopic—and their 2021 studio album Carnage. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 2 Apr. 2024 The biopic, which swept the Academy Awards last month, follows Oppenheimer, the physicist and son of a German textile importer who worked with the US government to devise a bomb to quell the threat of Nazi Germany and its allies. Chris Lau, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History


bi- entry 2 + pic entry 1

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biopic was in 1947

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“Biopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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