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[aw-tuh-bahy-og-ruh-fee, -bee-, aw-toh-]
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noun, plural au·to·bi·og·ra·phies.
  1. 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 formsau·to·bi·og·ra·pher, noun
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Examples from the Web for autobiography

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Historical Examples

  • His autobiography was translated into English and published in London in 1846.

  • What says our author about "biography, autobiography, and history?"

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • He sat down to write his new book which was, in a way, an autobiography.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • The whole episode takes about three pages of his autobiography.

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad

  • To take them as an attempt at autobiography would be a mistake.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

British Dictionary definitions for autobiography


noun plural -phies
  1. an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
Derived Formsautobiographer, noun
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Word Origin and History for autobiography


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

autobiography in Culture


A literary work about the writer's own life. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa are autobiographical.

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