[ 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.

Origin of autobiography

First recorded in 1790–1800; auto-1 + biography

OTHER WORDS FROM autobiography

au·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 forms of autobiography

autobiographer, noun
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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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