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

Definition of bib

 (Entry 1 of 3)


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 bibbed (audio) \ adjective
bibless \ ˈbib-​ləs How to pronounce bibless (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 Near a nutrition station stocked with bananas and water, Casey Cristea pinned a racing bib to his 16-year-old son’s shirt before the start of the marathon. Brian Chasnoff,, "Thousands fill San Antonio’s streets for Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon," 8 Dec. 2019 Where crabbers wear waterproof boots and bib pants, the five lab workers in Richmond are in white coats and gloves. Justin Phillips,, "The secret Richmond lab where Bay Area crab season annually learns its fate," 28 Nov. 2019 The beef patty came with Monterey jack cheese, bib lettuce, tomato and a forgettable Barbarossa barbecue sauce. John-john Williams Iv,, "Review: No mutinies over the food at this Elkridge pirate bar," 28 Oct. 2019 Rolling registration has been in place since 2012, and allows faster runners to have a better shot at a bib., "2020 Boston Marathon qualifying," 26 Sep. 2019 Cheesehead baby bibs, bow ties, earrings and more are in stock at the Foamation gift shop. Mary Bergin,, "Watch Cheesehead hats get made in quirky factory tour in Milwaukee," 2 Dec. 2019 The band, in bib overalls and bandannas and straw hats, is shown playing music at a traffic island on Pennsylvania Avenue with a ghostly U.S. Capitol in the background. Eddie Dean, Washington Post, "Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ shines a spotlight on an unsung Washingtonian," 5 Nov. 2019 Madewell was originally a New Bedford, Mass., workwear company — as in bib overalls, not patterned cardigans — that was founded in 1937. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "Madewell Diverges From J. Crew as a Darling of Casual America," 17 Sep. 2019 Photos provided by the resident show Watson dressed in camouflage bib overalls and a hat and carrying a camp backpack., "Escaped Tennessee inmate is captured, officials say," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of bib was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bib.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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


\ ˈbib How to pronounce bib (audio) \

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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