semi-autobiography

noun

semi-au·​to·​bi·​og·​ra·​phy ˌse-mē-ˌȯ-tə-bī-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce semi-autobiography (audio)
-bē-,
ˌse-ˌmī-,
-mi-
variants or less commonly semiautobiography
plural semi-autobiographies also semiautobiographies
: a work (such as a novel or film) that is partly autobiography and partly fiction : a fictionalized account of the author's life
… this is Baltimore-based Levinson's semi-autobiography, telling of the Krychinsky family's path, off the boat and into the middle class, from idealism to reality.TV Guide

Examples of semi-autobiography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web May December Christophe Honoré dares candid semi-autobiography in a coming-of-age story about Paul Kircher’s coming-of–personal responsibility. Armond White, National Review, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semi-autobiography was in 1856

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“Semi-autobiography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semi-autobiography. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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