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biography

noun bi·og·ra·phy \bī-ˈä-grə-fē also bē-\

: the story of a real person's life written by someone other than that person

plural bi·og·ra·phies

Full Definition of BIOGRAPHY

1
:  a usually written history of a person's life
2
:  biographical writings as a whole
3
:  an account of the life of something (as an animal, a coin, or a building)

Examples of BIOGRAPHY

  1. a new biography of Abraham Lincoln
  2. <an unauthorized biography of the actor gave him some serious headaches>

Origin of BIOGRAPHY

Late Greek biographia, from Greek bi- + -graphia -graphy
First Known Use: 1683

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
BIOGRAPHIES Defined for Kids

biography

noun bi·og·ra·phy \bī-ˈä-grə-fē\
plural bi·og·ra·phies

Definition of BIOGRAPHY for Kids

:  a usually written account of a real person's life

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