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[bahy-og-ruh-fer, bee-] /baɪˈɒg rə fər, bi-/
a writer of someone's biography.
Origin of biographer
First recorded in 1705-15; biograph(y) + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • How, with all his energy, he managed to pay his way is a mystery, which his biographer is unable fully to solve.

  • The one defect acknowledged by his biographer was his partiality for women.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The biographer of Rienzi gives additional evidence of the fact.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • This biographer gives some curious anecdotes of his school days.

  • It is an insult to a woman for her husband to assume, or for his biographer to assume for him, that he could be kind to her.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
Word Origin and History for biographer

1715; see biography + -er (1). Earlier was biographist (1660s).

Of every great and eminent character, part breaks forth into public view, and part lies hid in domestic privacy. Those qualities which have been exerted in any known and lasting performances may, at any distance of time, be traced and estimated; but silent excellencies are soon forgotten; and those minute peculiarities which discriminate every man from all others, if the are not recorded by those whom personal knowledge enabled to observe them, are irrecoverably lost. [Johnson, "Life of Sir Thomas Browne," 1756]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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