[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

Related Words for autobiography

confession, journal, diary, letter, memoir, biography, life, experience, letters, bio

Examples from the Web for autobiography

Contemporary Examples of autobiography

Historical Examples of autobiography

  • 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

an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
Derived Formsautobiographer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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