Definition of biography
1 : a usually written history of a person's life a new biography of Abraham Lincoln
2 : biographical writings as a whole the genre of biography
3 : an account of the life of something (such as an animal, a coin, or a building) the biography of the commonwealth
Examples of biography in a Sentence
a new biography of Abraham Lincoln
an unauthorized biography of the actor gave him some serious headaches
Recent Examples of biography from the Web
His biography on U of L’s website says Inman personally raised about $20 million to $40 million annually and that his office brought in about $200 million a year.
According to the complaint and his online biography, Snelling obtained a doctoral degree in geology from the University of Sydney in 1982 and began his career by studying the Koongarra uranium deposit in Australia's Northern Territory.
Katie Nicholl is the Royal Watch correspondent for Vanity Fair and author of a forthcoming biography on Prince Harry.
Next up will be the biography of the Talmud by Barry Wimpfheimer, a Northwestern University religion expert, scheduled for next spring.
Pitard has worked for the district for 20 years, and has served as assistant principal at Felicita, Mission, Rincon, Bear Valley, and Hidden Valley schools, her biography stated.
The book serves as a biography of Saunders’ life and professional career—he was born in Ontario and achieved early success as a Canadian sports broadcaster prior to ESPN—as well traces his lifelong struggle with depression.
Faster than anyone expected, the 39-year-old Macron had fulfilled the promise of The Banker Who Wanted To Be King, the title of a biography of the new president published last year.
Director David France digs into the events surrounding the transgender icon’s death in a film that’s part history, part biography, part murder mystery.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of biography
Late Greek biographia, from Greek bi- + -graphia -graphy
First Known Use: 1665See Words from the same year
BIOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of biography for English Language Learners
: the story of a real person's life written by someone other than that person
BIOGRAPHY Defined for Kids
Definition of biography for Students
: a usually written account of a real person's life
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