bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio)
plural bibliographies
: the history, identification, or description of writings or publications
: a list often with descriptive or critical notes of writings relating to a particular subject, period, or author
a bibliography of modern poetry
: a list of works written by an author or printed by a publishing house
compiled a complete bibliography of John Donne
: the works or a list of the works referred to in a text or consulted by the author in its production
The book's bibliography contains over 400 items.
bibliographic adjective
or less commonly bibliographical
bibliographically adverb

Example Sentences

The instructor provided the students with an excellent bibliography on local history. The book includes a lengthy bibliography.
Recent Examples on the Web With an annotated bibliography providing a generous selection of further resources, the book invites both intense study and casual browsing. Michael Berry, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 The information must be accompanied by a bibliography, the full text or copy of the materials and activities, and a link to the associated curriculum adopted by the school board. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Dec. 2021 And Marketplace of the Gods serves as a decent precis of the literature, and its bibliography is well worth perusing. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2010 As a part of the digitization, the scans will be posted online, and will have accompanying transcription, translations, and bibliography, the press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority said: ... Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 21 Oct. 2010 Record of the first bibliography can be traced back to the Ancient Library of Alexandria. Ian Vorster, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2015 Its aim is to provide a comprehensive bibliography to approach the language of photography with consciousness and critical sense. Francesca Marani, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2022 Sears compiled an extensive bibliography on the marine life that contributed to bottom fouling, the kind of report that could save the government millions. Catherine Musemeche, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 For further reading, purchase a fashionable pink and yellow scarf on which has been printed Slavs and Tatar’s extensive bibliography. Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably from New Latin bibliographia, from Greek, the copying of books, from bibli- + -graphia -graphy

First Known Use

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bibliography was in 1689

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Cite this Entry

“Bibliography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy ˌbib-lē-ˈäg-rə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio)
plural bibliographies
: a list of writings about a subject or author or by an author
bibliographic adjective
or bibliographical
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