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

n an account of the series of events making up a person's life

life, life history, life story
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
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a biography of yourself
a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
biographical sketch
an account of the author's personal experiences
Type of:
account, chronicle, history, story
a record or narrative description of past events

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