[aw-tuh-bahy-og-ruh-fee, -bee-, aw-toh-]

noun, plural au·to·bi·og·ra·phies.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for autobiographer

Historical Examples of autobiographer

  • Is the fourth dimension of Cobb as a novelist or as an autobiographer?

  • 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

  • The autobiographer “complied with the order contained in her dying behest.”

    French Classics

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • She is found by the autobiographer alone in a deserted house.

    French Classics

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

British Dictionary definitions for autobiographer


noun plural -phies

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 autobiographer



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

autobiographer 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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