Definition of biography in English:


Syllabification: bi·og·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /bīˈägrəfē

noun (plural biographies)

1An account of someone’s life written by someone else.
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  • Hey, there are people writing novels and biographies using pictures as well as words.
  • Was it possible to write the bestselling biography to match the box-office hit?
  • Drummund, who was also a biographer for Billy Graham, wrote an excellent biography on Finney which deals with this.
life story, life history, life, memoir
informal bio
1.1Biographies as a branch of literature.
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  • Over the past 27 years, Norman Sherry has been pioneering a new literary genre: biography as ordeal.
  • By taking on these sympathetic forms, literary biography can supply parallel narratives to those of novels.
  • It is closer to literary Criticism, than biography but without ever being boring.
1.2A human life in its course: although their individual biographies are different, both are motivated by a similar ambition
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  • It exposes the paradox that Plath's texts cannot be read through biography and cannot be read apart from it.
  • Some knowledge of Shapiro's biography is open to any reader in the dedication.
  • Over the centuries, Laozi's life took on elements of the mythological hero's biography.


late 17th century: from French biographie or modern Latin biographia, from medieval Greek, from bios 'life' + -graphia 'writing'.



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  • Birthplace of Scottish novelist, short-story writer, biographer and poet.
  • He was called to the Irish bar in 1951 and has earned a reputation as an esteemed playwright, poet and biographer.
  • Novelists, poets and playwrights all see such biographers as parasites.


Pronunciation: /ˌbīəˈgrafik/
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  • This was the earliest time that CIA had full biographic information on al-Hazmi.
  • But all this is ignored, because, in order to flatten out Potter's work into biographic expressivism, his modernist/formalist innovations have to be downplayed.
  • The biographic cabaret-style show is built around the life and times of one of R & B's greatest talents, set on the heart-breaking Christmas Eve in the 70s when the love of her life tragically passed away.


Pronunciation: /ˌbīəˈgrafikəl/
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  • Mr Meehan latest book completes his biographical work on Parliamentarians in Laois and Offaly since 1585.
  • They have done several biographical works on Mozart and Liszt.
  • Such questions lie at the heart of all biographical work, but are seldom explicitly acknowledged, or deeply explored.

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