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 Collins wrote 4 books: an autobiography, Carrying the Fire; a history of the space program, Liftoff; a look at Mars spaceflight, Mission to Mars; and a children’s book, Flying to the Moon. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, "Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Has Died At 90," 28 Apr. 2021 Earlier this month, it was announced that Grohl's autobiography The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music will publish in October. Jolie Lash,, "Music legends share tour stories with Dave Grohl in What Drives Us trailer," 12 Apr. 2021 His autobiography, which is currently untitled, will chart Pence's path in public service, beginning with his early days in Columbus, Indiana, to serving as vice president to former President Donald Trump. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Mike Pence inks deal to write 2 books," 8 Apr. 2021 Hunter Biden is making the media rounds to promote his autobiography, which by all accounts is a harrowing tale of addiction. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hunter Biden Undecided on Laptop," 5 Apr. 2021 His autobiography, written with Jordan, shares that spirit, whether the stories are funny and warm (about teammates, mostly) or unflinching and honest (baseball's drug trials in the 1980s). Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "13 new baseball books worth adding to your reading lineup, from Bill Buckner and Dave Parker to Satchel Paige," 24 Mar. 2021 Even Roth’s autobiography, which ends with a 35-page response from the fictional character Nathan Zuckerman, doesn’t insist on being the straightforward truth. Laura Marsh, The New Republic, "Philip Roth’s Revenge Fantasy," 22 Mar. 2021 The late John Thompson’s 2020 autobiography, written with Jesse Washington, is an evocative look at an earlier D.C. Washington Post, "In the numbers game of the 1950s, one man was on top: ‘Whitetop’ Simkins," 27 Feb. 2021 Below is a full list of the 30 finalists in six categories — autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry — for the best books of 2020. Kate Tuttle,, "Two Boston-area authors among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle Award," 25 Jan. 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 9 May. 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

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: the biography of a person written by that person

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