au·​to·​bi·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌȯ-tə-bī-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce autobiography (audio) , -bē-\

Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person narrated by himself or herself

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Other Words from autobiography

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

Examples of autobiography in a Sentence

I read her autobiography last year.

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In his autobiography, Springsteen wrote of a period in America where dread was in the air. Timothy Bella, The Seattle Times, "Bruce Springsteen: Trump is ‘deeply damaged at his core’," 28 Nov. 2018 In her autobiography, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, which was released today, Bündchen shares intimate details about her nuptials to the New England Patriots quarterback nine years ago. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen Shares Rare, Intimate Details About Her Wedding to Tom Brady," 2 Oct. 2018 Judges chose an eclectic range of 31 books in six competitive categories, from fiction to criticism to autobiography, for which six finalists were picked. Hillel Italie, The Seattle Times, "Rachel Kushner among finalists for book critics prizes," 22 Jan. 2019 His paternal grandfather moved from Lebanon to Brazil at the age of 13 with nothing but a suitcase, and started a handful of businesses in the country’s interior, where Mr. Ghosn was later born, according to Mr. Ghosn’s autobiography. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 An autobiography in plaster, paint and physical objects, Strawberry Hill was a counterpoint to the 4,000 letters that made Walpole one of the sharpest correspondents of an epistolary age. Dominic Green, WSJ, "One Man’s Gothic Fantasy," 26 Oct. 2018 Chloe and Keds: A 10-Year Love Story 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9th Grade: The OG Splatter-Paint Keds Chloe Metzger White Keds are, at this point, an extension of my body, inspiring full chapters in my future autobiography. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My White Slip-On Keds," 3 Oct. 2018 Robin Williams contacted Van Sant in the 1990s about developing Callahan’s autobiography into a movie. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Director Gus Van Sant continues his longtime exploration of addiction and recovery with 'Don’t Worry'," 6 July 2018 Steven Adams’ autobiography, My Life, My Fight, is set to be published in July. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Steven Adams on 'writing' his autobiography: 'I can barely read, mate'," 27 Feb. 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 How to pronounce autobiography (audio) \
plural autobiographies

Kids Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person written by that person

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