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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Biden also collected tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees, some at events promoting his 2017 autobiography but also for at least a dozen non-book tour events, ranging from as little as $25,000 to $190,000 for one lecture at Drew University. NBC News, "Biden made nearly $16 million in two years after leaving White House, tax returns show," 9 July 2019 His autobiography was required reading for men in suits in the 1980s, and he was even mooted for president. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Lee Iacocca, who gave us the minivan and the Mustang, dies at 94," 3 July 2019 His 1984 autobiography became an international best-seller. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 Since his time as half of star folk-duo Simon & Garfunkel, the countertenor has come out with solo albums, written poetry, acted in films and penned his autobiography. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Brown County Music Center schedule includes Josh Turner, Art Garfunkel and more this fall," 1 July 2019 The situation became clear during a YouTube produced special featuring Michelle Obama discussing her autobiography, an engaging show that excluded any black women BookTubers. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "In The Presidential Debate, Biden and Buttigieg Fall Short on Race: RaceAhead," 28 June 2019 Her body of work (including her epic 1931 autobiography, Living My Life) spans decades, and thanks to her gifted writing ability and overall verve holds up far better than many other seminal anarchists’ texts. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Emma Goldman, One of History’s Best-Known Anarchists, Was Born 150 Years Ago," 27 June 2019 Several Bulls, including Derrick Rose in his soon-to-be-released autobiography, have pointed to Asik’s fractured left fibula as a turning point in their five-game series loss to the Heat. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls gain an additional $3 million of salary-cap space for Omer Asik’s voided contract with free agency beginning Sunday," 26 June 2019 Zeffirelli wrote about the then-scandalous circumstances of his birth in his 2006 autobiography, recounting how his mother attended her husband’s funeral pregnant with another man’s child. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019

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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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