\ 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

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

All the juicy details at, link in bio. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Kraft Is Here to Save Mother's Day By Covering Your Babysitter Bill This Sunday," 7 May 2019 His bio is now blank on Twitter and his banner image is an American flag. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Michael Cohen Has Removed All Mention of Trump on His Social Media Accounts," 5 July 2018 Now, @KensingtonRoyal has changed its profile photo to a portrait of the Cambridge family and removed the Sussexes from its official bio on both Twitter and Instagram. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Officially Join Instagram," 2 Apr. 2019 Speaking of the former Alabama offensive coordinator, Gators fans had an eye-roll moment this week when Michigan posted a bio on its web site for McElwain, who was added to Jim Harbaugh's staff. Mark Heim,, "Urban Meyer on Florida's new coach: 'The SEC East will feel Dan Mullen'," 7 Mar. 2018 In addition to coaching linemen, Feis served as the school's junior varsity football coach for eight years, according to his bio on the football team's website. David Furones, Anchorage Daily News, "‘He died a hero’: Beloved football coach among 17 dead in Florida school shooting," 15 Feb. 2018 In addition to coaching linemen, Feis served as the school’s junior varsity football coach for eight years, according to his bio on the football team’s website. David Furones,, "Stoneman Douglas assistant football coach Aaron Feis killed responding to shooting: 'That is not firecrackers'," 15 Feb. 2018 Click on their photos to read their fascinating bios and backstories. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Former DreamWorks Artist Creates Rejected Disney Princesses," 20 June 2014 He was born in Essen, Germany, and has been a member of the center-left SPD since 1989, according to his bio. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A member of Germany’s anti-immigrant party collapsed. A politician of Kurdish descent saved him.," 1 Nov. 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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