Definition of bibliography
1 : the history, identification, or description of writings or publications
2a : a list often with descriptive or critical notes of writings relating to a particular subject, period, or author a bibliography of modern poetryb : a list of works written by an author or printed by a publishing house compiled a complete bibliography of John Donne
3 : the works or a list of the works referred to in a text or consulted by the author in its production The book's bibliography contains over 400 items.
bibliographicallyplay \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of bibliography in a Sentence
The instructor provided the students with an excellent bibliography on local history.
The book includes a lengthy bibliography.
Recent Examples of bibliography from the Web
The works cited in the bibliography are not all or even most of those consulted during the writing of the text, but those that soldiers are encouraged to read to further their understanding of counterinsurgency.
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Origin and Etymology of bibliography
probably from New Latin bibliographia, from Greek, the copying of books, from bibli- + -graphia -graphy
First Known Use: 1689
BIBLIOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bibliography for English Language Learners
: a list of books, magazines, articles, etc., about a particular subject
: a list of the books, magazines, articles, etc., that are mentioned in a text
BIBLIOGRAPHY Defined for Kids
Definition of bibliography for Students
1 : a list of materials (as books or magazine articles) used in the preparation of a written work or mentioned in a text
2 : a list of writings about an author or a subject
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