[ bahy-og-ruh-fee, bee- ]
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noun,plural bi·og·ra·phies.
  1. a written account of another person's life: the biography of Byron by Marchand.

  2. an account in biographical form of an organization, society, theater, animal, etc.

  1. such writings collectively.

  2. the writing of biography as an occupation or field of endeavor.

Origin of biography

From the Greek word biographía, dating back to 1675–85. See bio-, -graphy

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British Dictionary definitions for biography


/ (baɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

nounplural -phies
  1. an account of a person's life by another

  2. such accounts collectively

Derived forms of biography

  • biographer, noun
  • biographical (ˌbaɪəˈɡræfɪkəl) or archaic biographic, adjective
  • biographically, adverb

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Cultural definitions for biography


The story of someone's life. The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell, and Abraham Lincoln, by Carl Sandburg, are two noted biographies. The story of the writer's own life is an autobiography.

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