[ pros-uh-pog-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌprɒs əˈpɒg rə fi /

noun, plural pros·o·pog·ra·phies.

a study of a collection of persons or characters, especially their appearances, careers, personalities, etc., within a historical, literary, or social context.
a description of a person's appearance, career, personality, etc.

Related forms

pros·o·pog·ra·pher, nounpros·o·po·graph·i·cal [pros-oh-puh-graf-i-kuh l] /ˌprɒs oʊ pəˈgræf ɪ kəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prosopography


/ (ˌprɒsəˈpɒɡrəfɪ) /


a description of a person's life and career
the study of such descriptions as part of history, esp Roman history

Derived Forms

prosopographer, nounprosopographical (ˌprɒsəpəˈɡræfɪkəl), adjectiveprosopographically, adverb

Word Origin for prosopography

C16: from New Latin prosopographia, from Greek prosōpon face, person + -graphy
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