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

Examples of autobiography in a Sentence

I read her autobiography last year.
Recent Examples on the Web In Marfa, Hotel Saint George, the town's slickest lodging option, houses Marfa Book Company, which stocks everything from Donald Judd monographs to Cheech Marin's autobiography. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "West Texas Is More Than Just Marfa," 18 May 2020 The Lighthouse already has a number of projects in development, including an adaptation of Howard Marks' cult autobiography Mr. Nice, a co-production with Independent Film Company and written by Neil Forsyth. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Comcast's Sky Studios Takes Stake in Brit Scripted Banner The Lighthouse," 23 Apr. 2020 Allen’s autobiography, titled Apropos of Nothing, is slated to be published on April 7 by Hachette’s Grand Central imprint. Katie Reilly, Time, "Ronan Farrow Cuts Ties With Book Publisher Hachette Over His Father Woody Allen's Memoir," 4 Mar. 2020 Image Awards 2020 biography/ autobiography nominees Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and this biography touched on her life as a public servant, government leader, wife, lawyer and mother. NBC News, "40 best African American and black books, according to the NAACP," 20 Feb. 2020 Pain and Glory > Uncut Gems Pedro Almodóvar’s gorgeous emotional autobiography showed wisdom while the Safdie Brothers’ ethnic carnival was callow. Armond White, National Review, "The 15th Annual Better-Than List," 3 Jan. 2020 This is a good deal better than your typical 60 Minutes segment, registering as autobiography as well as investigative reporting, and Wilcha's wry intelligence kept me glued to the screen. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Comedy / Film / LGBTQ+ / Music / On Video Chicago Underground Film Festival at 25: A look back," 4 June 2018 Biff Byford, the lead singer of Saxon, a heavy-metal band, recounts in his autobiography how his band got early breaks supporting Motörhead in 1979. The Economist, "A tough gig Being a warm-up act for a big artist does not always bring rewards," 1 May 2020 Darwin probably met Grant through a natural history society of which both were members and became a sort of protégé to him in marine zoology (as Darwin himself described fifty years later in his autobiography). David Quammen, The New York Review of Books, "The Brilliant Plodder," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of autobiography

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autobiography was in 1797

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23 May 2020

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“Autobiography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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