[aw-tuh-bahy-og-ruh-fee, -bee-, aw-toh-]
noun, plural autobiographies.
a history of a person's life written or told by that person.

1790–1800; auto-1 + biography

autobiographer, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
autobiography (ˌɔːtəʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfɪ, ˌɔːtəbaɪ-)
n , pl -phies
an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person

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Word Origin & History

1797, from auto- + biography (q.v.). Related: Autobiographical (1831).
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Cultural Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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