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

Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person narrated by that person : a usually written account of a person's life in their own words celebrity autobiographies The fall and rise of Chrysler Corporation is an oft-told tale—three books on the subject have appeared already, including Lee Iacocca's bestselling autobiography.— Jerry Flint Frederick Douglass's autobiographies are invaluable both for what they reveal about antebellum slavery and for what they reveal about a remarkable American.— Peter Kolchin This last book … is part autobiography and part fiction, though it is listed as fiction.— Mims Cushing Some 400 crowded both floors of the bookstore and lined up around the block as Iggy [Pop] signed the entire stock of 200 copies of his autobiography "I Need More."Publishers Weekly In recent years, the biggest-selling baseball books have been autobiographies of colorful personalities, written with the aid of collaborators.— Ray Walters The letters are arranged chronologically and episodically to form an autobiography.— William S. McFeely

Examples of autobiography in a Sentence

I read her autobiography last year.
Recent Examples on the Web Now with his new autobiography Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir, Van Zandt finally gets a chance to take the center stage with his own life story. Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Her autobiography contains important lessons for entrepreneurs and exemplifies many of the rules about which Neil and I have written. Barbara Bry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 The subject is particularly dangerous for Johns, and not just because of his personal dislike of using autobiography to give context to the work. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Here are the 2021 recipients of the MacArthur genius grants Hanif Abdurraqib, 38, of Columbus, Ohio: Music critic, essayist, and poet forging a distinctive style of cultural and artistic criticism through the lens of popular music and autobiography. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Before his recent death, Kent Taylor, the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain founder, penned his hysterical, deliciously self-deprecating, and humbling autobiography in Made from Scratch. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 See more reactions to Peterson’s autobiography below. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 This history of computer graphics is very much a shadow autobiography, which Smith launches at almost exactly the midpoint of the 560-page volume. Steven Levy, Wired, 31 Aug. 2021 Mike Pence, former vice president of the United States, will write his autobiography and another book for Simon & Schuster, the publisher announced Wednesday. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of autobiography

1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Autobiography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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