biography, life, life story, life history(noun)
an account of the series of events making up a person's life
A person's life story, especially one published.
There are many biographies of Benjamin Franklin.
To write a biography of.
Origin: From modern Latin biographia, formed from βίος + γράφω.
the written history of a person's life
biographical writings in general
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
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
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
Rank popularity for the word 'biography' in Nouns Frequency: #2989
The numerical value of biography in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of biography in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Biography lends to death a new terror.
Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
Discretion is not the better part of biography.
One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
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Translations for biography
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- سيرة, ترجمة حياة, سيرة ذاتيةArabic
- биография, животописBulgarian
- biografiaCatalan, Valencian
- Biografie, BiographieGerman
- elulugu, biograafiaEstonian
- beath-eachdraidh, eachdraidh-beathaScottish Gaelic
- életrajz, biográfiaHungarian
- 전기, 傳記Korean
- biographia, curriculum vitae, biographyLatin
- kōrero haurongoMāori
- животопис, биографијаMacedonian
- биография, жизнеописаниеRussian
- životopis, животопис, биографија, biografijaSerbo-Croatian
- življenjepis, biografijaSlovene
- tiểu sửVietnamese
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