bibliography

noun
bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \
plural bibliographies

Definition of bibliography

1 : the history, identification, or description of writings or publications
2a : a list often with descriptive or critical notes of writings relating to a particular subject, period, or author a bibliography of modern poetry
b : a list of works written by an author or printed by a publishing house compiled a complete bibliography of John Donne
3 : 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.

Other Words from bibliography

bibliographic \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \ or less commonly bibliographical \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \ adjective
bibliographically \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bibliography in a Sentence

The instructor provided the students with an excellent bibliography on local history. The book includes a lengthy bibliography.
Recent Examples on the Web The paper must have a clear argument and use both primary and secondary sources, Chicago Style footnotes and a bibliography with primary sources listed separately from secondary sources. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2022 However, although there is a bibliography at the end of the book, Fiennes seldom cites the sources for his pronouncements about Shackleton, so there is no way to judge the veracity of his claims and we are left to take his perspective at face value. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Over the summer, Pachner worked on creating a 50-page bibliography of primary and secondary sources relating to this semester's Milwaukee history moment — the first polar bear to be born in captivity who survived to maturity in North America. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2021 But her crowning achievement was her illustrated, annotated, 3,235-entry bibliography on Halley’s comet, replete with citations of books, journals, charts and pamphlets, as well as references in fiction, music, cartoons and paintings. New York Times, 21 May 2021 But her crowning achievement was her illustrated, annotated, 3,235-entry bibliography on Halley’s comet, replete with citations of books, journals, charts and pamphlets, as well as references in fiction, music, cartoons and paintings. New York Times, 21 May 2021 But her crowning achievement was her illustrated, annotated, 3,235-entry bibliography on Halley’s comet, replete with citations of books, journals, charts and pamphlets, as well as references in fiction, music, cartoons and paintings. New York Times, 21 May 2021 But her crowning achievement was her illustrated, annotated, 3,235-entry bibliography on Halley’s comet, replete with citations of books, journals, charts and pamphlets, as well as references in fiction, music, cartoons and paintings. New York Times, 21 May 2021 But her crowning achievement was her illustrated, annotated, 3,235-entry bibliography on Halley’s comet, replete with citations of books, journals, charts and pamphlets, as well as references in fiction, music, cartoons and paintings. New York Times, 21 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bibliography

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bibliography

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

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“Bibliography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bibliography. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bibliography

bibliography

noun
bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \
plural bibliographies

Kids Definition of bibliography

1 : a list of materials (as books or magazine articles) used in the preparation of a written work or mentioned in a text
2 : a list of writings about an author or a subject

Other Words from bibliography

bibliographic \ bi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik \ also bibliographical \ -​fi-​kəl \ adjective

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