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 His turn toward nonfiction and autobiography nearly 40 years into his career has surprised many longtime readers — and even Robinson himself. New York Times, 11 May 2022 It is left to the reader to decide whether the core self is our true essence or merely a substrate of the fuller, and more fragile, self that shapes a coherent autobiography from the building blocks of memory. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Clearly, there’s more than a soupcon of autobiography mixed into this novel. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Dawson: Would your book be about that experience or perhaps an broader autobiography? Angela Dawson, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The film's working title is Shooting Stars, the same name as James's 2009 autobiography co-authored by Buzz Bissinger. Natasha Dye,, 20 Apr. 2022 Later that year, according to Menchú’s 1983 autobiography, ‘I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala’, her mother and brother were also killed by security forces. Eliza Anyangwe, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 Frederick Douglass' life and ideas populate the pages of autobiography editions that are dated in the mid-19th century. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Apr. 2022 Cultural criticism and autobiography, then, are the two strands of Jefferson's literary double helix. Rhoda Feng, The Week, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of autobiography

1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Autobiography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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