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[aw-tuh-bahy-og-ruh-fee, -bee-, aw-toh-] /ˌɔ tə baɪˈɒg rə fi, -bi-, ˌɔ toʊ-/
noun, plural autobiographies.
a history of a person's life written or told by that person.
Origin of autobiography
1790-1800; auto-1 + biography
Related forms
autobiographer, noun Unabridged
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/ˌɔːtəʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfɪ; ˌɔːtəbaɪ-/
noun (pl) -phies
an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
Derived Forms
autobiographer, noun
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Word Origin and History for autobiography

1797, from auto- + biography. Related: Autobiographical.

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autobiography in Culture

autobiography definition

A literary work about the writer's own life. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa are autobiographical.

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