n. pl. bi·og·ra·phies
1. An account of a person's life written, composed, or produced by another: a film biography of Adlai Stevenson; an oral biography.
2. Biographies considered as a group, especially when regarded as a genre.
3. The writing, composition, or production of biographies: a career entirely devoted to biography.
[Late Greek biographiā : Greek bio-, bio- + Greek -graphiā, -graphy.]
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