\ ˈbib How to pronounce bib (audio) \
bibbed; bibbing

Definition of bib

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: drink


plural bibs

Definition of bib (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a cloth or plastic shield tied under the chin to protect the clothes
2 : the part of an apron or of overalls extending above the waist
3 : a patch of differently colored feathers or fur immediately below the bill or chin of a bird or mammal
4 : a piece of cloth, paper, or plastic with an identifying number that is worn by a participant in a race or contest a race bib

Definition of bib (Entry 3 of 3)

1 Bible
2 biblical

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Other Words from bib


bibbed \ ˈbibd How to pronounce bib (audio) \ adjective
bibless \ ˈbib-​ləs How to pronounce bib (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for bib

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bib in a Sentence

Verb the old professor has been known to bib on occasion
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For bottoms, put on a fleece windproof bib outer layer over your base layers before walking in to keep the chill off your legs. Alex Gyllstrom, Field & Stream, "7 Keys to Staying Warm on a Late-Season Hunt," 30 Dec. 2020 As a base layer for your legs, many cyclists will choose bib tights for winter riding. John Pana, cleveland, "What’s the best winter clothing for biking in Northeast Ohio’s freezing temperatures?," 28 Dec. 2020 Starting and finishing times were tabulated in the racing chip located in the runners’ bib number. Emmett Hall,, "Half marathoners enjoy Fort Lauderdale beach running scene," 18 Dec. 2020 Suddenly, the blue bib baby begins a flurry of jabs and sends his opponent to the ground. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Video: in one corner, it’s a boy! Two inflatable babies box in Florida gender reveal party," 15 Oct. 2020 Brennan, the second American to wear the bib, has been the World Cup leader since mid-December. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With one punishing race left in Tour de Ski, a pair of Anchorage skiers have big things to shoot for," 10 Jan. 2021 By posting three top-6 finishes in Val Mustair, Brennan maintains possession of the World Cup overall lead -- and the precious yellow bib that by tradition is worn by the global leader. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage skier Rosie Brennan helps give US a historic gold-and-silver finish in World Cup racing," 4 Jan. 2021 Free participants receive a digital finisher medal, plus a downloadable race bib and finisher certificate. Jen Banowetz,, "5 things to do in Naperville and the Fox Valley for New Year’s Eve," 18 Dec. 2020 The spare home gets electricity when connected to an outside outlet and a common hose bib can provide water for indoor plumbing, says deTorres. oregonlive, "Roll in the relatives: Portland builder brings a tiny extra house to you for temporary, safe distancing," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bib


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bib


Middle English bibben

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“Bib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bib

: a piece of cloth or plastic that is worn under a baby's chin while the baby is eating
: the part of a piece of clothing (such as an apron) that covers the area above a person's waist


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Kids Definition of bib

1 : a cloth or plastic shield fastened under the chin (as of a young child) to protect the clothes
2 : the upper part of an apron or of overalls

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