Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “autobiography”

autobiography

noun     /ˌɔː.tə.baɪˈɒɡ.rə.fi/ US  /ˌɑː.t̬ə.baɪˈɑː.ɡrə-/
[C] a book about a person's life, written by that person: Tony Blair's autobiography was a bestseller. → Compare biographyKinds of books [U] the area of literature relating to such books: His life story is recounted in two fascinating volumes of autobiography.Types of film, play, book etc.Kinds of books autobiographer     /-fər/ US  /-fɚ/ noun [C] someone who writes (an) autobiography: Biographers tend to be more accurate and objective than autobiographers.People who write for work or pleasure autobiographical     /ˌɔː.təˌbaɪ.əˈɡræf.ɪ.kəl/ US  /ˌɑː.t̬ə-/ adjective an autobiographical story/novel/poemTypes of film, play, book etc.
(Definition of autobiography noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of autobiography

Definitions of “autobiography” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More