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 chronological (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

Other Words from chronological

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

Examples of chronological in a Sentence

His art is displayed in roughly chronological order. a chronological account of their trip
Recent Examples on the Web All amendments, local and statewide, are listed in chronological order in the Constitution of 1901. Mike Cason |, al, 31 July 2022 The films' complicated timeline does not follow chronological order of how they were released. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Public records, such as deeds, are permanently recorded in chronological order with your county and cannot be changed. Gary Singer, Sun Sentinel, 28 July 2022 In March, Instagram rolled out two new content feeds—called Favorites and Following—that will also display the posts in chronological order. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 28 July 2022 The coordination will be an intricate dance going forward because the show and Infinite do not follow the chronological timeline in Halo lore. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 21 June 2022 The museum’s permanent collection, which curators have painstakingly organized by theme in a chronological timeline, takes up around 140,000 square feet of space. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2022 Here's a chronological timeline of the events of the case. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 4 June 2022 Indeed, certain points are explained more than once, in order to keep them from getting lost in the often muddling non-chronological timeline and various interlocking stories, any of which might feed an eight-hour miniseries. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chronological

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chronological

chonological from chronologic + -al entry 1 or from chronology + -ical; chronologic from chronology + -ic entry 1, probably after French chronologique or New Latin chronologicus

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“Chronological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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