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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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 The Pretenders singer, songwriter and guitarist has been on an energetic, prolific tear in recent years: a solo album in 2014, an autobiography in 2015, the first Pretenders album in eight years in 2016. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde talks new projects, her take on #MeToo, before Milwaukee show," 5 July 2018 This tiny restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street could serve as Gong's autobiography. Todd A. Price,, "Luvi's chef tells a deliciously beautiful story: First look review," 22 May 2018 Graham Nash had just finished his autobiography, 2013’s Wild Tales, when a thought occurred to him — one that seems obvious to anyone familiar with his story. Jordan Runtagh,, "Graham Nash Tells the Wild Tales Behind His Most Enduring Songs," 29 June 2018 What did writing your autobiography, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, do for you? Steve Marinucci, Billboard, "Mike Nesmith Reflects on His Weed-Fueled, Post-Monkees Project First National Band & New Memoir," 31 May 2018 Quillin started writing his autobiography two years ago to pass his story on to his daughter, Roxane, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Pam Kragen,, "Carlsbad author, 102, sets second world record," 22 May 2018 While working on her 2016 autobiography, Rita Coolidge decided to do some research by going through her recordings. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Rita Coolidge, rejuvenated with 'Safe in the Arms of Time'," 6 July 2018 According to the theater, writer-director George Tabori's take on Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf is a caricature of the Nazi leader's early years. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "German theater under investigation for offering free tickets to people wearing swastikas," 18 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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