bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy | \ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē \
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 \ or less commonly bibliographical \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl \ adjective
bibliographically \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​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.

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His bibliography, which runs to almost 20 pages, doesn’t contain a single Russian-language book, and his eyewitness historical accounts tend to rely on the impressions of foreign visitors to the city, not Russians. Fen Montaigne, New York Times, "From the Czars to Putin: A History of Russia’s Imperial City," 11 May 2018 This year, for its 170th anniversary, Town & Country compiled a bibliography of classics on modern society. Ben Ryder Howe, Town & Country, "The Town & Country Reading List," 25 Oct. 2016 There's an entire bibliography of books that royal wedding fanatics will love, from biographies to coloring books., "What To Read If You're Obsessed With The Royal Wedding," 10 May 2018 After her death, colleagues completed her unfinished project of 20 years, an annotated bibliography of paleoneurology that chronicled the field from its beginning in 1804 to 1966. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Shaped the Study of Fossil Brains," 1 Mar. 2018 But Reid’s advice, like her bibliography of grief-counseling books, is wise and useful. John Timpane,, "'Body and Soul' by Panthea Reid: A long love, a long grief, the presence of a soul," 21 Mar. 2018 And while the book was indeed mentioned in Putin’s bibliography, the report found that nearly 16 pages of the thesis were copied word-for-word from the textbook without quotation marks, page citations and footnotes. Ian Bremmer, Time, "5 Politicos With Questionable Academic Credentials," 5 Mar. 2018 In addition to wonderful facts and stories about the people and places in the county, there is a 20-page index and a five-page bibliography. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Medina author and historian Joann King: Local Legends," 8 Feb. 2018 Add to this colossal bibliography the scores of huge tomes filled with Luther’s own writings in German and Latin, and the effort required for summing up his life and work will seem even more daunting. Carlos Eire, New York Times, "Slaying the Dragon of the Dark Ages," 18 Dec. 2017

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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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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 \
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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