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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Greek
Origin: biographia, from Greek bio- ( BIO-) + -graphia '-graphy'

biography

noun
     
bi‧og‧ra‧phy plural biographies
1 [countable]TCNSH a book that tells what has happened in someone's life, written by someone else
biography of
Boswell's biography of Dr. Johnson
2 [uncountable]AL literature that consists of biographies [↪ autobiography]
biographical adjective:
biographical information
WORD FOCUS: book WORD FOCUS: book
a book about imaginary events: novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit

books about imaginary events in general: fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick lit informal

famous or important novels, poems etc : literature

books about real events: non-fiction

a book that gives information: reference book, encyclopedia, textbook

a book about someone's life: biography, autobiography, journal, diary

someone who writes books: writer, author, novelist

a book with a hard cover: hardback /hardcover American English

a book with a cover made of paper or card: paperback


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