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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In chronological order: Rizzuto, Clem Koshorek, Milt Thompson, Eddie Tucker, Gennett and Michael Conforto. 4. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "5 things to know about new Giants second baseman Scooter Gennett," 1 Aug. 2019 Here are the latest rumblings as the deadline nears (listed in reverse chronological order): The skinny: The Astros are led by the best 1-2 punch in the AL in Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "2019 MLB trade deadline rumors and trade tracker," 29 July 2019 Here is a chronological look back at Beckham’s day at Browns minicamp. Tim Bielik,, "What Odell Beckham Jr. did on Thursday at Cleveland Browns minicamp," 6 June 2019 Many users griped about the change, even though Twitter has always allowed users to switch back to the reverse-chronological feed temporarily. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter is relaunching the reverse-chronological feed as an option for all users starting today," 18 Dec. 2018 The show's reverse-chronological framing device rendered it more like a biopic of Andrew Cunanan than a thoughtful examination of the authorities' unsuccessful search for a spree killer targeting gay men. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Assassination of Gianni Versace Finale: What the Hell Just Happened?," 22 Mar. 2018 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

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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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