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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Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr There’s certainly no shortage of good punk books, from memoirs and autobiographies to masterful can’t-miss histories. Vogue, "Looking for Something to Read? Here Are 4 New Books Vogue Editors Are Loving Right Now," 26 Oct. 2018 The show includes forms by Alan Turing, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway, which stand as mini-autobiographies. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Not Your Average Autograph Collection," 12 July 2018 About 20 years after Robin Williams bought the rights to a Portland cartoonist’s autobiography, the film adaptation finally premiered in Los Angeles, with Joaquin Phoenix filling in for the late Williams as its star. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gus Vant Sant Opens Up on How Robin Williams Shaped 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan's autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant., "‘Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot’," 2 July 2018 The expensive suit, which Malcolm X recalls buying on credit in his autobiography, was proof of status. Mariana Gonzalez, Teen Vogue, "How the Zoot Suit Became a Symbol of Resistance for Mexican-American People," 21 Sep. 2018 The suspicion of autobiography turns these wistful evocations into something crass and embarrassing: a middle-aged guy bragging about his college conquests. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: An Indian Visitor in Search of America," 26 July 2018 All that will be on display as a sort of musical autobiography in each of two nights of music on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13, at Lorain County Community College's Stocker Arts Center. Chuck Yarborough,, "Cleveland's musical storyteller Alex Bevan describes his journey in 2 nights at Stocker Arts Center," 9 Jan. 2018 His line to Harrison is drawn from the 1968 Lorraine Hansberry play (and her autobiography), To Be Young, Gifted, and Black. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, "The Episode That Captured the Best and Worst of Scandal," 19 Apr. 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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