- a written account of another person's life: the biography of Byron by Marchand.
- an account in biographical form of an organization, society, theater, animal, etc.
- such writings collectively.
- the writing of biography as an occupation or field of endeavor.
Origin of biography
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Examples from the Web for biography
The Amazon biography for an author named Papa Faal mentions both Gambia and lists a military record that matches the FBI report.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
Did you envision your Pryor biography as extending your previous investigation—aesthetically and historically?How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
Watching novelists insult one another is one of the primary pleasures of his biography.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
David Hockney: The Biography, 1975-2012, picks up after Hockney has already become an established artist.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
I have set aside the next six years to write a biography of Gerald Ford.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
I propose to continue this biography, and include the whole in book form.Biography of a Slave
Forkel's biography of Bach is the only authority for this story.Handel
Edward J. Dent
He has divided his biography into three parts, entitled—‘Faith, Hope, Charity.’The Secret Agent
He once began a review of George Eliot's biography, but left it unfinished.Heroes of the Telegraph
What says our author about "biography, autobiography, and history?"A Dish Of Orts
- an account of a person's life by another
- such accounts collectively
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Word Origin and History for biography
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