\ 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 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 Bring photo identification to obtain a bib number, timing device, gear-check tag and participant shirt and bag. Tim Bannon And Kori Rumore,, "Chicago Marathon 2019: Course map, where to watch the race and how to avoid traffic congestion," 20 July 2019 Ali Krieger, who has played sparingly in the tournament, has her bib off and is on field warming up while the rest of the team is in locker room. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup final: U.S. leads, 2-0, after Rose Lavelle’s goal," 7 July 2019 Cost is $25 per participant; includes super hero cape, bib and finishing medal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Animal shelter opens “Cat Catio Café”," 30 Sep. 2019 Some have achieved maximum kitsch through liberal use of cherubs, murals, carvings, lights and bibs. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "In San Francisco’s North Beach, pasta, poetry and a big helping of uncertainty," 14 Sep. 2019 There is also a malachite, wood, tourmaline, and diamond bib necklace featuring an expressionistic rendering of Roman maritime pines—a nod to the 1962 Dino Risi movie Il Sorpasso. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Bulgari's Special Jewelry Collection Takes Its Cue from Classic Films," 26 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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“Bib.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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