What does biography mean?

Definitions for biography
baɪˈɒg rə fi, bi-bi·og·ra·phy

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Princeton's WordNet

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

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Biography

    bī-og′raf-i, n. a written account or history of the life of an individual: the art of writing such accounts.—n. Biog′rapher, one who writes biography.—adjs. Biograph′ic, -al.—adv. Biograph′ically. [Gr. bios, life, graphein, to write.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of biography in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of biography in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of biography in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    Biography lends to death a new terror.

  2. Arthur Balfour:

    Biography should be written by an acute enemy.

  3. Lytton Strachey:

    Discretion is not the better part of biography.

  4. William Ellery Channing:

    One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.

  5. Thomas Carlyle:

    No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

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