Definitions for biographybaɪˈɒg rə fi, bi-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bi•og•ra•phybaɪˈɒg rə fi, bi-(n.)(pl.)-phies.

  1. a written account of another person's life.

  2. an account of the history of an organization, society, etc.

  3. such writings collectively.

  4. the writing of biography as an occupation.

Origin of biography:

1675–85; < Gk biographía. See bio -, -graphy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. biography, life, life story, life history(noun)

    an account of the series of events making up a person's life

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. biography(noun)ɪˈɒg rə fi, bi-

    a book about sb's life

    a biography of Picasso


  1. biography(Noun)

    A person's life story, especially one published.

    There are many biographies of Benjamin Franklin.

  2. biography(Verb)

    To write a biography of.

  3. Origin: From modern Latin biographia, formed from βίος + γράφω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Biography(noun)

    the written history of a person's life

  2. Biography(noun)

    biographical writings in general


  1. Biography

    A biography is a detailed description or account of a person's life. It entails more than basic facts - a biography also portrays a subject's experience of these events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae, a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality. Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media — from literature to film — form the genre known as biography. An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person themselves, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Biography

    Works consisting of an account of the events, works, and achievements, personal and professional, during a person's life. It includes articles on the activities and accomplishments of living persons as well as the presentation of an obituary.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'biography' in Nouns Frequency: #2989

Anagrams of biography

  1. ribophagy

Translations for biography

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a written account by someone of another person's life

a biography of Nelson.

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