noun (plural -phies) Etymology: Late Greek biographia, from Greek bi- + -graphia -graphy Date: 1683 1. a usually written history of a person's life 2. biographical writings as a whole 3. an account of the life of something (as an animal, a coin, or a building)

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  • Biography — Bi*og ra*phy, n.; pl. {Biographies}. [Gr. ?; bi os life + ? to write: cf. F. biographie. See {Graphic}.] 1. The written history of a person s life. [1913 Webster] 2. Biographical writings in general. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • biography — (n.) 1680s, probably from L. biographia, from Late Gk. biographia description of life, from Gk. bio life (see BIO (Cf. bio )) + graphia record, account (see GRAPHY (Cf. graphy)). Biographia was not in classical Greek (bios alone was the word for… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Biography — For other uses, see Biography (disambiguation). For the Wikipedia policy on biographies of living persons, see Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons. Adi Holzer: Life (1997). The life is like a …   Wikipedia

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