Biography

  • 1biography — biography, life, memoir, autobiography, confessions are comparable when they mean a more or less detailed account of the events and circumstances of a person s life. Biography is the technical, neutral term for this kind of writing or for an… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2Biography — 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

  • 3biography — (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

  • 4biography — [n] account of person’s life adventures, autobiography, bio, biog, close up, confessions, diary, experiences, journal, letters, life, life history, life story, memoir, personal account, personal anecdote, personal narrative, personal record,… …

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  • 5biography — ► NOUN (pl. biographies) ▪ an account of a person s life written by someone else. DERIVATIVES biographer noun biographic adjective biographical adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6biography — [bī äg′rə fē; ] also [ bēäg′rə fē] n. [Gr biographia: see BIO & GRAPHY] 1. the histories of individual lives, considered as a branch of literature 2. pl. biographies an account of a person s life, described by another; life story …

    English World dictionary

  • 7biography — /buy og reuh fee, bee /, n., pl. biographies. 1. a written account of another person s life: the biography of Byron by Marchand. 2. an account in biographical form of an organization, society, theater, animal, etc. 3. such writings collectively.… …

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  • 8Biography — 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 …

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  • 9biography —    The biography industry since 1960 has been remarkable in terms of its high quality, its continuity with past traditions, the distinctive nature of its topical variety and its sheer range of subjects. Standards and productivity have been high,… …

    Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • 10biography — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ authorized, official ▪ unauthorized, unofficial ▪ brief, potted (BrE), short ▪ …

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  • 11biography — [[t]baɪɒ̱grəfi[/t]] biographies 1) N COUNT: oft with poss A biography of someone is an account of their life, written by someone else. 2) N UNCOUNT Biography is the branch of literature which deals with accounts of people s lives. ...a volume of… …

    English dictionary

  • 12biography — bi|og|ra|phy [baıˈɔgrəfi US ˈa:g ] n plural biographies [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Greek; Origin: biographia, from Greek bio ( BIO ) + graphia graphy ] 1.) a book that tells what has happened in someone s life, written by someone else biography of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13biography */ — UK [baɪˈɒɡrəfɪ] / US [baɪˈɑɡrəfɪ] noun Word forms biography : singular biography plural biographies a) [countable] a book that someone writes about someone else s life. A book that someone writes about their own life is called an autobiography.… …

    English dictionary

  • 14biography — 1. noun /baɪˈɒɡɹəfi,baɪˈɑːɡɹəfi/ A persons life story, especially one published. There are many biographies of Benjamin Franklin. See Also: autobiography, biographer, biographical, hagiography, pathography 2 …

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  • 15biography — n. an authorized; critical; unauthorized biography * * * [baɪ ɒgrəfɪ] critical unauthorized an authorized …

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  • 16biography — noun 1 (C) an account of a person s life written by someone else: Boswell s biography of Dr. Johnson 2 (U) the part of literature that consists of biographies compare autobiography biographical adjective biographically /kli/ adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17biography — noun an unauthorized biography of Pat Nixon Syn: life story, life history, life, memoir; informal bio …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18biography — bi•og•ra•phy [[t]baɪˈɒg rə fi, bi [/t]] n. pl. phies. 1) a written account of another person s life 2) an account of the history of an organization, society, etc 3) such writings collectively 4) the writing of biography as an occupation •… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19biography — /baɪˈɒgrəfi / (say buy ogruhfee) noun (plural biographies) 1. a written account of a person s life. 2. such writings collectively. 3. the study of the lives of individuals. 4. the art of writing a biography. {Greek biographia} …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 20biography — 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 …

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