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autobiography

noun uk   /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.
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[U] the area of literature relating to such books: His life story is recounted in two fascinating volumes of autobiography.
autobiographer
noun [C] uk   /-fər/ us    /-fɚ/
someone who writes (an) autobiography: Biographers tend to be more accurate and objective than autobiographers.
autobiographical
adjective uk   /ˌɔː.təˌbaɪ.əˈɡræf.ɪ.kəl/ us    /ˌɑː.t̬ə-/
an autobiographical story/novel/poem
Translations of “autobiography”
in Korean 자서전…
in Arabic سيرة ذاتِيَة…
in French autobiographie…
in Turkish yaşam öyküsü, özyaşam kitabı, detaylı öykü ve özgeçmiş…
in Italian autobiografia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自傳, 自傳體寫作…
in Russian автобиография…
in Polish autobiografia…
in Spanish autobiografía…
in Portuguese autobiografia…
in German die Autobiographie…
in Catalan autobiografia…
in Japanese 自叙伝, 自伝…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自传, 自传体写作…
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