au·to·bi·og·ra·phy | \ ˌȯ-tə-bī-ˈä-grə-fē , -bē- \

Definition of autobiography 

: the biography of a person narrated by himself or herself

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Other words from autobiography

autobiographer \-fər \ noun
autobiographical \-ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl \ or less commonly autobiographic \-fik \ adjective
autobiographically \-fi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of autobiography in a Sentence

I read her autobiography last year.

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While working on her 2016 autobiography, Rita Coolidge decided to do some research by going through her recordings. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Rita Coolidge, rejuvenated with 'Safe in the Arms of Time'," 6 July 2018 According to the theater, writer-director George Tabori's take on Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf is a caricature of the Nazi leader's early years. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "German theater under investigation for offering free tickets to people wearing swastikas," 18 Apr. 2018 That same year, Kidder was working on her autobiography when her computer was infected by a virus causing her to lose all of her files. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Margot Kidder's friend found 'Superman' star dead after stopping by her home to help clean: report," 16 May 2018 Doueiri has drawn from his autobiography and that of his family to make a body of work that exposes the subtleties of Middle Eastern life and how the region’s conflicts have shaped his characters. Jonathan Broder, Newsweek, "Ziad Doueiri's Controversial Film 'The Insult' Is Nominated for an Oscar After Boycotts in Lebanon," 26 Jan. 2018 The One Day,’’ which surveys and denounces the greed and corruption of contemporary life in a range of voices that mix autobiography, history, and prophesy. Wesley Mcnair,, "A life of love, poetry — and the Red Sox," 24 June 2018 Justice Sonia Sotomayor out-earned her fellow authors, netting $117,500 in advances for two books, including an adaptation of her autobiography, My Beloved World, for young readers. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court justices are selling stocks that can lead to forced recusals from cases," 14 June 2018 In various interviews, Indiana points to LOVE as taking inspiration from spiritual rather than erotic origins, but, like much of his work, his LOVE painting of 1966 is saturated in color and autobiography. Elizabeth Botten, Smithsonian, "Archives Reveal Touching Stories on the Life of Robert Indiana, the Man Who Invented “LOVE”," 31 May 2018 After laying relatively low for the last decade, Ashlee Simpson-Ross is ready to introduce her fans to a new kind of autobiography. Scott Huver,, "Why Ashlee Simpson-Ross Is Returning to Reality TV After a Decade: 'It's Been 10 Years Where I've Just Been "Mommy"'," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of autobiography

1797, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of autobiography

: a biography written by the person it is about


au·to·bi·og·ra·phy | \ ˌȯ-tə-bī-ˈä-grə-fē \
plural autobiographies

Kids Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person written by that person

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