bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \
plural bibliographies

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 poetry
b : 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.

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Other Words from bibliography

bibliographic \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce bibliographic (audio) \ or less commonly bibliographical \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce bibliographical (audio) \ adjective
bibliographically \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bibliographically (audio) \ 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 on the Web The trouble is, few of these anecdotes are attributed or footnoted, leaving it to the reader to guess at the sourcing from the skimpy bibliography. Peter Biskind, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The uncanny valley of the ‘Dolls’ making-of tell-all," 2 June 2020 The soon-to-be president-elect emailed Meacham a bibliography of some two dozen titles. Susannah Jacob, The New York Review of Books, "‘We Have to Win Purple States’: An Interview with Michael Bennet," 5 Mar. 2020 When brought together, the installation becomes a life-sized view of this bibliography in the real — and not hosted in virtual. Dallas News, "Art and the City: Local visual artists have found a new sense of vulnerability in pandemic isolation," 26 Apr. 2020 According to the New York Times obituary of Tomie, his favorite holiday was Christmas, a fact made very apparent by one glance at his bibliography. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020 Typically used for copyright disclaimers or links to other social media accounts, many YouTubers have begun to treat it as a bibliography for citations. Dan Garisto/undark, Popular Science, "YouTube science videos are riddled with scams, plagiarism, and misinformation," 9 Mar. 2020 His notes on sources—there is, alas, no bibliography—pay little attention to scholarly monographs on U.S. foreign and nuclear policy. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "‘The Bomb’ Review: Down the Nuclear Rabbit Hole," 31 Jan. 2020 His second wife, Leslie Getz, a publisher of dance bibliographies, died in January. Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times, "Don McDonagh, Dance Critic and Author, Dies at 87," 20 Dec. 2019 Entries are limited to 10 single-space pages, not including figures or the bibliography. Lauren Caruba,, "After decades of research yield no cure, UTSA opens contest seeking causes of Alzheimer’s disease," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bibliography

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bibliography

probably from New Latin bibliographia, from Greek, the copying of books, from bibli- + -graphia -graphy

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The first known use of bibliography was in 1689

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Cite this Entry

“Bibliography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bibliography

: 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


bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \
plural bibliographies

Kids Definition of bibliography

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

Other Words from bibliography

bibliographic \ bi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik \ also bibliographical \ -​fi-​kəl \ adjective

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