Definition of “biography” - English Dictionary

“biography” in British English

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biographynoun [ C or U ]

uk /baɪˈɒɡ.rə.fi/ us /baɪˈɑː.ɡrə.fi/

B1 the life story of a person written by someone else:

He wrote a biography of Winston Churchill.

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  • This biography offers a few glimpses of his life before he became famous.
  • Her biography revealed that she was not as rich as everyone thought.
  • The biography was a bit of a rush job.
  • The biography is an attempt to uncover the inner man.
  • The biography is woven from the many accounts which exist of things she did.

(Definition of “biography” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“biography” in American English

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biographynoun [ C/U ]

us /bɑɪˈɑɡ·rə·fi/

literature the story of the life of a person written by someone else, or the area of literature relating to books that describe such stories:

[ C ] He wrote a biography of Lincoln.
biographical
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌbɑɪ·əˈɡræf·ɪ·kəl/

The funeral elegy provides a treasure of biographical information about Shakespeare.

(Definition of “biography” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)