bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce biographical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly biographic \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce biographical (audio) \

Definition of biographical

1 : of, relating to, or constituting biography
2 : consisting of biographies a biographical dictionary
3 : relating to a list briefly identifying persons biographical notes

Other Words from biographical

biographically \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biographical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clip didn’t mention anything about Duncan’s role as a war critic, but other biographical details aligned. Paul Farhi, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2021 The clip didn’t mention anything about Duncan’s role as a war critic, but other biographical details aligned. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Information surrounding the personal lives of senior Chinese officials is typically shrouded in secrecy, with even some of the most basic biographical information considered taboo. Nectar Gan And Yong Xiong, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 The Free Press asked the mayoral candidates on the ballot to provide biographical information and answers to some questions. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2021 The Memorial Center is creating a 3-D topographical map of Babyn Yar in 1941, pinpointing the site of the massacre, and is nearing completion on a digital database of the names and biographical information of all the victims. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 The other members of the team, with biographical information provided by the state GOP: Newton City Councilwoman Belinda Thomas. Mike Cason |, al, 21 Oct. 2021 The program, produced by The HistoryMakers, included rich biographical details that proved foundational to Chenault’s later success. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2021 The historian, who spoke at the 1991 bicentennial, devoted almost 200 pages of his 730-page doctoral dissertation to listing 625 slaves and descendants freed by the deed of gift, providing biographical details gleaned from tax and court records. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of biographical

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of biographical

: relating to or telling the story of a real person's life


bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce biographical (audio) \

Kids Definition of biographical

: of or relating to an account of a real person's life a biographical essay

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