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[aw-tuh-bahy-og-ruh-fee, -bee-, aw-toh-] /ˌɔ tə baɪˈɒg rə fi, -bi-, ˌɔ toʊ-/
noun, plural autobiographies.
a history of a person's life written or told by that person.
Origin of autobiography
First recorded in 1790-1800; auto-1 + biography
Related forms
autobiographer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for autobiographer
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  • She is found by the autobiographer alone in a deserted house.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • In her style, as in what she writes about, we must concede to the artist what we deny to the autobiographer.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • That combat occurred at the Franklin theatre, September 30, 1837—a useful fact that the autobiographer cares not to mention.

    Shadows of the Stage William Winter
  • The autobiographer “complied with the order contained in her dying behest.”

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • It is, perhaps, a matter for felicitation that Mr. Kelly has been his own autobiographer.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • The education of the autobiographer had not been intrusted to a private tutor.

  • The autobiographer protests that he has suffered much remorse for this lie of his to the harm of the innocent maid.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • Although an autobiographer Jefferson is not egotistical, and although a moralist he is not a bore.

    Shadows of the Stage William Winter
  • Is the fourth dimension of Cobb as a novelist or as an autobiographer?

    When Winter Comes to Main Street Grant Martin Overton
  • Our autobiographer gives us a plain, blunt, not to say bald record of what must have been an interesting life.

British Dictionary definitions for autobiographer


/ˌɔːtəʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfɪ; ˌɔːtəbaɪ-/
noun (pl) -phies
an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
Derived Forms
autobiographer, noun
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Word Origin and History for autobiographer



1797, from auto- + biography. Related: Autobiographical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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autobiographer in Culture

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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