chronological

adjective chro·no·log·i·cal \ ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl , ˌkrō- \
variants: or less commonly chronologic play \-jik\
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

chronologically

play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of chronological in a Sentence

  1. His art is displayed in roughly chronological order.

  2. a chronological account of their trip

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Origin and Etymology of chronological



CHRONOLOGICAL Defined for English Language Learners

chronological

adjective

Definition of chronological for English Language Learners

  • : arranged in the order that things happened or came to be

  • : using time as a measurement


CHRONOLOGICAL Defined for Kids

chronological

adjective chron·o·log·i·cal \ ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Definition of chronological for Students

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

chronologically

adverb

Word Root of chronological

The Greek word chronos, meaning “time,” gives us the root chron. Words from the Greek chronos have something to do with time. The chronological order of events is the order in which they happened in time. Anything that is chronic lasts for a very long time. A chronicle is a telling of events in the order in which they happened in time.



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