biography (n.) 1680s, probably from L. biographia, from Late Gk. biographia "description of life," from Gk. bio- "life" (see BIO- (Cf. bio-)) + graphia "record, account" (see -GRAPHY (Cf. -graphy)). Biographia was not in classical Greek (bios alone was the word for it), though it is attested in later Greek from c.500.

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