[ aw-tuh-bahy-og-ruh-fee, -bee-, aw-toh- ]
/ ˌɔ tə baɪˈɒg rə fi, -bi-, ˌɔ toʊ- /

noun, plural au·to·bi·og·ra·phies.

a history of a person's life written or told by that person.

Nearby words

  1. autoantigen,
  2. autobahn,
  3. autobio,
  4. autobiog,
  5. autobiographical,
  6. autobiography of alice b. toklas, the,
  7. autobus,
  8. autocade,
  9. autocar,
  10. autocatalysis

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

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British Dictionary definitions for autobiography


/ (ˌɔːtəʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfɪ, ˌɔːtəbaɪ-) /

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 autobiography



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

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Culture definitions for autobiography


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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