or bi·o·graph·ic

[bahy-uh-graf-i-kuh l or bahy-uh-graf-ik]


of or relating to a person's life: He's gathering biographical data for his book on Milton.
pertaining to or containing biography: a biographical dictionary.

Origin of biographical

First recorded in 1730–40; biograph(y) + -ical
Related formsbi·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·bi·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivenon·bi·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·bi·o·graph·ic, adjectivepseu·do·bi·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·bi·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-bi·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-bi·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·bi·o·graph·ic, adjectivesem·i·bi·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·bi·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbun·bi·o·graph·i·cal, adjectiveun·bi·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biographic

Historical Examples of biographic

  • Biographic survey of killers from the Mississippi to the Pacific.

  • To all which questions, not unessential in a Biographic work, mere Conjecture must for most part return answer.

    Sartor Resartus

    Thomas Carlyle

  • In the earlier letters of the series we have to note a few points of biographic interest.

    Life of John Keats

    William Michael Rossetti

  • A biographic sketch of Emma Goldman's interesting career, with splendid portrait, is included in the book.

    Marriage and Love

    Emma Goldman

  • Altogether the finest bit of biographic work that has been done in many a day.


    George Cary Eggleston

Word Origin and History for biographic



1738; see biography + -ical. Related: Biographically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper