The written history of an individuals life
- 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.
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.
(letter.) The written history of a person's life.
- (n.) Biographical writings generally.
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).