noun bi·ble \ˈbī-bəl\

the Bible : the book of sacred writings used in the Christian religion

: the book of sacred writings used in the Jewish religion

Bible : a copy or edition of the Bible

Full Definition of BIBLE

a :  the sacred scriptures of Christians comprising the Old Testament and the New Testament
b :  the sacred scriptures of some other religion (as Judaism)
obsolete :  book
capitalized :  a copy or an edition of the Bible
:  a publication that is preeminent especially in authoritativeness or wide readership <the fisherman's bible> <the bible of the entertainment industry>
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Examples of BIBLE

  1. She gave each of her grandchildren a Bible.
  2. The book is famous among foodies—it's the gourmet's bible.
  3. The magazine is now considered the bible of the plastics industry.

Origin of BIBLE

Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin biblia, from Greek, plural of biblion book, diminutive of byblos papyrus, book, from Byblos, ancient Phoenician city from which papyrus was exported
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth

Rhymes with BIBLE

BIBLE Defined for Kids


noun Bi·ble \ˈbī-bəl\

Definition of BIBLE for Kids

:  the book of sacred writings accepted by Christians as coming from God
:  a book containing the sacred writings of a religion
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