biography

A biography is an account of somebody's life written by somebody else, complete with details of the most important parts.

These days, anyone, of any age, can be the subject of a biography: Justin Bieber, at the tender age of 17, had one written about his life. A biography is not to be confused with an autobiography, an account of someone's life written by the subject himself. You'll find biographies in printed form (remember books?), but also increasingly in the form of e-books, TV dramatizations, and cinematic "bio-docs."

Definitions of biography
  1. noun
    an account of the series of events making up a person's life
    synonyms: life, life history, life story
    see moresee less
    examples:
    Parallel Lives
    a collection of biographies of famous pairs of Greeks and Romans written by Plutarch; used by Shakespeare in writing some of his plays
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    autobiography
    a biography of yourself
    hagiography
    a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
    profile
    biographical sketch
    memoir
    an account of the author's personal experiences
    type of:
    account, chronicle, history, story
    a record or narrative description of past events
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week