Definition of The Dictionary of National Biography from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Dictionary of National Biography

 
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a book in many volumes containing the life stories of famous British people from the earliest historical period to the present time. It is published by the Oxford University Press and was first completed in 1900. A new DNB, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, was published in print and online in 2004.