chro·​no·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce chronological (audio) , ˌkrō-\
variants: or less commonly chronologic \ ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce chronologic (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \

Definition of chronological

: of, relating to, or arranged in or according to the order of time chronological tables of American history His art is arranged in chronological order. also : reckoned in units of time chronological age

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chronologically \ ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chronologically (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \ adverb

Examples of chronological in a Sentence

His art is displayed in roughly chronological order. a chronological account of their trip

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The collection, to be published worldwide, will include every one of his works and statements in chronological order since his debut as a manga artist in 1971. Nick Romano,, "New Akira anime 'project' in the works from creator Katsuhiro Otomo," 5 July 2019 Seriation, in which groups of artifacts from the same site are statistically analyzed and put into chronological order, can also point to a site’s age. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How archaeologists determine the date of ancient sites and artifacts," 28 June 2019 Rather than play them in chronological order, Romero has arranged them to create a more interesting mix. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gustavo Romero goes big on Beethoven," 27 June 2019 Polchin organizes his account roughly in chronological order, and from time to time, along the way, suggests that the pattern of the crimes, or at least the slant of the reporting on them, altered with the decades. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime," 20 June 2019 Jon’s theory changes the order of the movies from release date to actual chronological order and shows how the witch from Brave actually ties everything together. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "What is the Pixar Theory and What Does It Mean For Your Favorite Movies?," 19 June 2019 Lines are arranged in chronological order from the object outward. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 Once the bronzed Bears Hall of Famers arrived, they were unpacked and lined up in chronological order. Kalyn Kahler,, "The Bears at 100: Cheers and a Few Tears," 11 June 2019 Use reverse chronological order and put your most recent and important accomplishments on top. Carly Zakin And Danielle Weisberg, Marie Claire, "Tips for Writing a Resume That Will Get You the Job," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of chronological

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chronological

see chronology

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English Language Learners Definition of chronological

: arranged in the order that things happened or came to be
: using time as a measurement


chron·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce chronological (audio) \

Kids Definition of chronological

: arranged in or according to the order of time She wrote a chronological account of their journey.

Other Words from chronological

chronologically adverb

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