chro·​no·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌkrō-\
variants: or less commonly chronologic \ ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik , 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 , 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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As in The Three-Body Problem, Liu’s journey is laid out in a mostly chronological, straight-forward way. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "From the author of The Three-Body Problem," 15 Sep. 2018 Here’s a chronological look at the season: A Year With Frog and Toad, Sept. 4-30. Matthew J. Palm,, "The Beatles add music to Orlando Rep's 2018-19 season," 11 June 2018 Photo: Alamy Stock Photo What will likely divide opinion among readers is Ms. Harvey’s decision to tell the story in reverse chronological order, working backwards toward Newman’s death. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Shrovetide Confessions," 13 Dec. 2018 The show’s first season suffered from an overly heavy plot and too much bickering among its band of also-ran heroes, on a mission to correct chronological anomalies. Noel Murray, The Verge, "What to watch this weekend after Avengers: Infinity War," 27 Apr. 2018 What follows is a running chronological list of foreign leaders who have commented on the Pittsburgh shooting that killed multiple people and injured at least six, including at least four law enforcement officers. Alex Ward, Vox, "Foreign leaders are “appalled” at the Pittsburgh shooting," 27 Oct. 2018 The rest of the story gradually unfolds in a series of flashbacks as Sam and Chuck converse, with the novel narrative device of having those flashbacks appear out of chronological sequence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Twitter-inspired You Might Be the Killer is coming to Syfy this weekend," 4 Oct. 2018 The permanent exhibition here takes you on a chronological journey from the rise of the Nazi party to the ghettoization and mass murder of Jews and, finally, to their liberation following the Allied victory. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 Below, a quick-and-dirty timeline of her funny quips, in chronological order. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Has a Very Long, Hilarious History of Trolling John Legend," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of chronological

1614, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of chronological

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

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chronologically adverb

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