chro·​no·​log·​i·​cal ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce chronological (audio)
variants or less commonly chronologic
: 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
chronologically 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chronological was in 1614

Dictionary Entries Near chronological

Cite this Entry

“Chronological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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chro·​no·​log·​i·​cal ˌkrän-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce chronological (audio)
: arranged in or according to the order of time
chronological order
a chronological table

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