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

Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person narrated by himself or herself

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Other Words from autobiography

autobiographer \ -​fər How to pronounce autobiographer (audio) \ noun
autobiographical \ -​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce autobiographical (audio) \ or less commonly autobiographic \ -​fik How to pronounce autobiographic (audio) \ adjective
autobiographically \ -​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autobiographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of autobiography in a Sentence

I read her autobiography last year.

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Several Bulls, including Derrick Rose in his soon-to-be-released autobiography, have pointed to Asik’s fractured left fibula as a turning point in their five-game series loss to the Heat. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls gain an additional $3 million of salary-cap space for Omer Asik’s voided contract with free agency beginning Sunday," 26 June 2019 Zeffirelli wrote about the then-scandalous circumstances of his birth in his 2006 autobiography, recounting how his mother attended her husband’s funeral pregnant with another man’s child. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019 Blair would later write in his autobiography that the episode was one of his proudest moments in office. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 There is an anecdote in Dietmar Hamann's autobiography The Didi Man that perhaps sums up the lasting image of Sven-Goran Eriksson better than any other., "Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Scudetto Winning Shagger Who Never Solved the Lampard-Gerrard Conundrum," 14 June 2019 That the book is autobiography makes its many shocking details all the more powerful. Nora Krug, Washington Post, "Life beyond ‘Star Trek’: Kate Mulgrew’s poignant, sometimes shocking family story," 7 June 2019 That led to last summer’s book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Bloomsbury, $24.95), a wildly hilarious, raw and glib, two-fistedly unsentimental autobiography. Michael Klein,, "Anthony Bourdain: He didn't set out to be a celebrity," 8 June 2018 On her post from Tuesday, Amy shared a picture of herself alongside her new autobiography, A Little Me. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "‘Little People, Big World’ Star Amy Roloff Gets Called Out on Instagram After the Latest Episode," 15 May 2019 Natalie, who had been experiencing health issues for many years, chronicled her lifelong battle with substance abuse in her 2000 autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder. Lauren Matthews, Woman's Day, "Rewatch Natalie Cole and Dad Nat King Cole's Amazing "Unforgettable" Duet," 2 Jan. 2016

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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 How to pronounce autobiography (audio) \
plural autobiographies

Kids Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person written by that person

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