au·​to·​bi·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌȯ-tə-bī-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce autobiography (audio) , -bē- \
plural autobiographies

Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person narrated by that person : a usually written account of a person's life in their own words celebrity autobiographies The fall and rise of Chrysler Corporation is an oft-told tale—three books on the subject have appeared already, including Lee Iacocca's bestselling autobiography.— Jerry Flint Frederick Douglass's autobiographies are invaluable both for what they reveal about antebellum slavery and for what they reveal about a remarkable American.— Peter Kolchin This last book … is part autobiography and part fiction, though it is listed as fiction.— Mims Cushing Some 400 crowded both floors of the bookstore and lined up around the block as Iggy [Pop] signed the entire stock of 200 copies of his autobiography "I Need More."Publishers Weekly In recent years, the biggest-selling baseball books have been autobiographies of colorful personalities, written with the aid of collaborators.— Ray Walters The letters are arranged chronologically and episodically to form an autobiography.— William S. McFeely

Examples of autobiography in a Sentence

I read her autobiography last year.
Recent Examples on the Web Ascribing too much autobiography to Anno’s work would be reductive, but his artistic choices routinely break the fourth wall to reveal a closeness to his family of characters. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 24 Aug. 2021 Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run is a great read, as the autobiography details The Boss' life and career. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 14 June 2021 Strangely enough, the nostalgic autobiography of an Oak Ridge Boy provides a cutting-edge look at what’s going on right this second in the music world. al, 8 June 2021 In response to that coverage, the main conservative opposition party expressed support for lifting domestic restrictions against publishing North Korean propaganda materials, including the autobiography of Kim Il Sung. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Tennis champion Billie Jean King reflects on her life and trailblazing career in her new autobiography. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 29 July 2021 John and Princess Diana met at Prince Andrew's 21st birthday party in 1981, the singer recalled in his 2019 autobiography Me. Stephanie Petit,, 15 July 2021 According to Marine’s autobiography, both of her parents were spectacularly inattentive. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Life in Looks video is a mini autobiography, chronicling her entrance into the industry as well as the emotions that come with it. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of autobiography

1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Autobiography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of autobiography

: a biography written by the person it is about


au·​to·​bi·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌȯ-tə-bī-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce autobiography (audio) \
plural autobiographies

Kids Definition of autobiography

: the biography of a person written by that person


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