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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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Examples from the web for autobiography
  • At the end of his life, he wrote an autobiography for his children that was totally candid, and not intended for publication.
  • autobiography: a written history of your life written by you.
  • Of the nature of an autobiography rather than of a diary, this is one of the most delightful books of the kind in the language.
  • Cutler insists the work is not an autobiography masquerading as a novel.
  • His now famous autobiography was published posthumously in 1965.
  • His autobiography, skilfully interweaving the personal and the historical, is elegantly simple and marvellously clear.
  • He once put online a highly provocative autobiography.
  • He may have lost his job, but there is only a ghost-writer's keyboard between him and a lucrative celebrity autobiography.
  • Your resume should be a short marketing piece, not an autobiography.
  • Collins has written more than 100 songs and nine books, including an autobiography, a novel and songbooks.
British Dictionary definitions for autobiography


/ˌɔːtəʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfɪ; ˌɔːtəbaɪ-/
noun (pl) -phies
an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
Derived Forms
autobiographer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for autobiography

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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