bio·​pic | \ˈbī-(ˌ)ō-ˌpik \

Definition of biopic 

: a biographical movie

Examples of biopic in a Sentence

We watched a biopic about Beethoven.

Recent Examples on the Web

In addition to The Voice, Jennifer was selected earlier this year to play Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Hudson's Son, David Daniel Otunga Jr.," 30 Oct. 2018 Further Reading The Greatest Leap, part 3: The triumph and near-tragedy of the first Moon landing Our kickoff episode centers on First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling that opens this coming Friday. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: What First Man does and doesn’t say about Neil Armstrong," 12 Oct. 2018 At Eternity's Gate doesn't claim to be a comprehensive biopic. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Willem Dafoe Transforms Into Vincent Van Gogh in the Trailer for At Eternity’s Gate," 6 Sep. 2018 This season feels particularly buzzy with so many projects that just feel epic—from the remake of A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga, to the Suspiria reboot and a Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "28 Movies Everyone Will Be Talking About This Fall," 5 Sep. 2018 The movie this time is Dolemite Is My Name!, a biopic about the comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who rose to fleeting fame with his lewdly hilarious early-’70s comedy recordings. Rob Haskell, WSJ, "In ‘Black Panther,’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Found a Career-Defining Challenge," 1 Nov. 2018 The selections include a biopic about Van Gogh, a heist movie, a crowd-pleasing historical comedy, and a wickedly funny tale of palace intrigue. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "8 movies out this month that are looking for Oscar season glory," 1 Nov. 2018 Her friend’s mother was a film director who had worked with the young Leonardo DiCaprio in Total Eclipse, a biopic about the violent relationship between Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Painter Elizabeth Colomba Is Giving Art’s Hidden Figures Their Close-Up," 10 Oct. 2018 Bob Marley's eldest son, Ziggy Marley, has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to develop a biopic about his late father, credited with bringing the sound of reggae to the entire world. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Ziggy Marley Developing Bob Marley Biopic: Report," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of biopic

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biopic

bi- entry 2 + pic entry 1

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: a biographical movie

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