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autobiography

[aw-tuh-bahy-og-ruh-fee, -bee-, aw-toh-] /ˌɔ tə baɪˈɒg rə fi, -bi-, ˌɔ toʊ-/
noun, plural autobiographies.
1.
a history of a person's life written or told by that person.
Origin of autobiography
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; auto-1 + biography
Related forms
autobiographer, noun
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Examples from the Web for autobiographer
Historical Examples
  • Is the fourth dimension of Cobb as a novelist or as an autobiographer?

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
  • 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
  • It is, perhaps, a matter for felicitation that Mr. Kelly has been his own autobiographer.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • She is found by the autobiographer alone in a deserted house.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • The autobiographer “complied with the order contained in her dying behest.”

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • The education of the autobiographer had not been intrusted to a private tutor.

  • Although an autobiographer Jefferson is not egotistical, and although a moralist he is not a bore.

    Shadows of the Stage William Winter
  • The recollection turns out to be a faithful, painstaking, autobiographer.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • Our autobiographer gives us a plain, blunt, not to say bald record of what must have been an interesting life.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for autobiographer

autobiography

/ˌɔːtəʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfɪ; ˌɔːtəbaɪ-/
noun (pl) -phies
1.
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

autobiography

n.

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 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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