meaning of biography

biography meaning in General Dictionary

The written history of an individuals life

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  • a merchant account for the series of activities getting back together an individual's life
  • The written reputation for an individual's life.
  • Biographical writings in general.

biography meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1680s, probably from Latin biographia, from Late Greek biographia "description of life," from Greek bio- "life" (see bio-) + graphia "record, account" (see -graphy). Biographia was not in traditional Greek (bios alone was the word for it), though it is attested in later Greek from c.500.


biography meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The written history of a person's life.

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  • (n.) Biographical writings generally.

Sentence Examples with the word biography

The standard biography is James Parton's The Life and Times of Aaron Burr (first edition, 1857; enlarged edition, 2 vols., Boston and New York, 1898).

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