[bahy-og-ruh-fer, bee-]


a writer of someone's biography.

Origin of biographer

First recorded in 1705–15; biograph(y) + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biographer

Contemporary Examples of biographer

Historical Examples of biographer

  • He wrote for humanity, as his biographer justly says, not for fame.

  • So early had Boswell made his resolve to be the biographer of Johnson.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • Dignity and respectability have ruined alike the historian and the biographer.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • They are worthy of the biographer who has now well grouped and described these creatures.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • Horace Traubel will be remembered, as he wished to be remembered, as the biographer of Whitman.


    Christopher Morley

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