autobiography

noun
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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Judges chose an eclectic range of 31 books in six competitive categories, from fiction to criticism to autobiography, for which six finalists were picked. Hillel Italie, The Seattle Times, "Rachel Kushner among finalists for book critics prizes," 22 Jan. 2019 His paternal grandfather moved from Lebanon to Brazil at the age of 13 with nothing but a suitcase, and started a handful of businesses in the country’s interior, where Mr. Ghosn was later born, according to Mr. Ghosn’s autobiography. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 An autobiography in plaster, paint and physical objects, Strawberry Hill was a counterpoint to the 4,000 letters that made Walpole one of the sharpest correspondents of an epistolary age. Dominic Green, WSJ, "One Man’s Gothic Fantasy," 26 Oct. 2018 Chloe and Keds: A 10-Year Love Story 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9th Grade: The OG Splatter-Paint Keds Chloe Metzger White Keds are, at this point, an extension of my body, inspiring full chapters in my future autobiography. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My White Slip-On Keds," 3 Oct. 2018 Robin Williams contacted Van Sant in the 1990s about developing Callahan’s autobiography into a movie. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Director Gus Van Sant continues his longtime exploration of addiction and recovery with 'Don’t Worry'," 6 July 2018 Steven Adams’ autobiography, My Life, My Fight, is set to be published in July. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Steven Adams on 'writing' his autobiography: 'I can barely read, mate'," 27 Feb. 2018 Hall recorded his experience in the autobiography Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Miraculous Rescues," 4 Nov. 2010 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

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First Known Use of autobiography

1797, in the meaning defined above

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autobiography

noun

English Language Learners Definition of autobiography

: a biography written by the person it is about

autobiography

noun
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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