\ˈbī-(ˌ)ō \
plural bios

Definition of bio 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a biography or biographical sketch



Definition of bio- (Entry 2 of 2)

— see bi- entry 2

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Synonyms for bio

Synonyms: Noun

biography, life, memoir

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So You've Been Asked to Submit a Biography

In a library, the word biography refers both to a kind of book and to a section where books of that kind are found. Each biography tells the story of a real person's life. A biography may be about someone who lived long ago, recently, or even someone who is still living, though in the last case it must necessarily be incomplete. The term autobiography refers to a biography written by the person it's about. Autobiographies are of course also necessarily incomplete.

Sometimes biographies are significantly shorter than a book—something anyone who's been asked to submit a biography for, say, a conference or a community newsletter will be glad to know. Often the word in these contexts is shortened to bio, a term that can be both a synonym of biography and a term for what is actually a biographical sketch: a brief description of a person's life. These kinds of biographies—bios—vary, but many times they are only a few sentences long. Looking at bios that have been used in the same context can be a useful guide in determining what to put in your own.

Examples of bio in a Sentence


you can read a bio of the author on her home page

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Immediately following the flight, the woman's seatmate, Euan Holden, a former pro soccer player turned model, embraced his newfound fame, even adding #planebae to his Twitter bio. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018 According to his Twitter bio, Feely is a CBS Sports NFL/college football analyst who lives in Arizona. Jimmy Hascup, USA TODAY, "Former NFL kicker Jay Feely: Prom date photo with gun was a 'joke'," 22 Apr. 2018 Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site, according to the contest bio. CBS News, "English bulldog named Zsa Zsa wins World's Ugliest Dog title," 24 June 2018 The detail that stood out most, however, was that Meghan declared herself a feminist in the bio. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Wore Goat Fashion for Her First Appearance as Duchess of Sussex," 22 May 2018 The character bios for each player's superhero will be released later this week and the superheroes will be featured on merchandise sold by the Timbers and Thorns. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson offers sneak peek of renovated training facility," 30 Apr. 2018 Gravitch's Facebook page makes no mention of 420, and the business bios of Reddix and Capper don't have a single mention of chiba, doob, doober, schwag, hog leg, or kind bud. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Ready to roll? It's marijuana's big day, so here's the history of 420, man," 20 Apr. 2018 In addition to coaching duties, the 28-year-old Fair has also reportedly been working as an insurance sales agent for Senior Healthcare Direct, per a bio posted on the company's website. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville assistant coach Jordan Fair is back coaching in AAU," 12 July 2018 According to a White House bio, Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006., "Black Women Come Out In Droves To Protest Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bio.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of bio


1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bio was in 1947

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Kids Definition of bio-

: life : living organisms biodiversity

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