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[bahy-og-ruh-fee, bee-] /baɪˈɒg rə fi, bi-/
noun, plural biographies.
a written account of another person's life:
the biography of Byron by Marchand.
an account in biographical form of an organization, society, theater, animal, etc.
such writings collectively.
the writing of biography as an occupation or field of endeavor.
1675-85; < Greek biographía. See bio-, -graphy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for biographies
  • Links to biographies and original works of the scientist mentioned would be appreciated.
  • Despite many biographies about the author, revelations about his life continue to make news.
  • Though the artists took quite different paths, their biographies show many parallels.
  • View the works and short biographies of the artists.
  • New biographies and works of critical scholarship are in the works.
  • More and more biographies of philosophers are being written.
  • Even easier, the page that provides the results of your quiz also provides biographies of each candidate.
  • Two of a handful of short biographies by the subjects' fellow divine and fishing companion.
  • Art biographies are sometimes dull exercises for specialized audiences.
  • biographies of physicists seem mention music as an important aspect of their lives.
British Dictionary definitions for biographies


noun (pl) -phies
an account of a person's life by another
such accounts collectively
Derived Forms
biographer, noun
biographical (ˌbaɪəˈɡræfɪkəl), (archaic) biographic, adjective
biographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biographies



1680s, probably from Latin biographia, from Late Greek biographia "description of life," from Greek bio- "life" (see bio-) + graphia "record, account" (see -graphy). Biographia was not in classical Greek (bios alone was the word for it), though it is attested in later Greek from c.500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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biographies in Culture

biography definition

The story of someone's life. The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell, and Abraham Lincoln, by Carl Sandburg, are two noted biographies. The story of the writer's own life is an autobiography.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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