\ ˈbī-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce bio (audio) \
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

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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

Noun you can read a bio of the author on her home page
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun James Jarvis, who is in the top 5 percent of Fortnite players per his Twitter bio, shared alongside a video of the event. Claudia Harmata,, "Fortnite Has Vanished — and Fans Have No Idea When or If It Will Return," 14 Oct. 2019 To learn more and to view the full cast, click the link in bio. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Cassie (And Her Baby Bump) Stars in Opening Ceremony's Spring 2020 Collection," 5 Nov. 2019 All 100% privately funded, learn more using the link in bio., "Inter Miami FC Unveil Incredible Designs for New £750m Freedom Park Stadium," 23 Oct. 2019 For more information on the recent events in South Africa, please see link in bio. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Hosts Private Breakfast with South African Activists," 28 Sep. 2019 His family came to Alaska in 1944, when his father was stationed in Adak with the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a bio on the Alaska Senate Majority website. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage state senator Chris Birch dead after apparent heart attack," 8 Aug. 2019 Here's an excerpt from the song, which is moody and actually pretty catchy, in my opinion: View this post on Instagram Slide Away - link in bio. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "In Newly Released Song, Miley Cyrus May Be Giving Us Hints Why She and Liam Hemsworth Split," 16 Aug. 2019 Wornick, who anchored WCVB’s midday newscast from 1989 until retiring in 2014, was also a member of Team 5 investigates and served as NewsCenter 5’s consumer reporter, according to her bio in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Eileen Mceleney Woods,, "Former WCVB anchor Susan Wornick lists her Cape home for $2.9 million," 27 Aug. 2019 Clayton also served as vice president of external relations for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee, according to her bio on the commission website. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer wants civil rights director ousted: These 8 people could decide his fate," 15 Aug. 2019

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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1 Dec 2019

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“Bio.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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Kids Definition of bio-

: life : living organisms biodiversity

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