\ 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 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 The March women wear corsets and bib dresses or petticoats and linen peasant blouses. Vogue, "Thanks to Little Women, The Prairie Dress Trend May Live On Into 2020," 13 Aug. 2019 The Broad Street Line is also free for runners traveling to the start line, just show your bib to get on the subway. Bethany Ao,, "Broad Street Run: Everything you need to know ahead of the race," 2 May 2018 Others still enlist multiple runners for the race who treat the bib like a relay baton. The Economist, "Why the Mexico City marathon attracts so many cheats," 22 Aug. 2019 Chocolate brown with a white bib, Abel gives cold-nose kisses and is quick to wag his tail. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Special Pals marks 40 years," 21 Aug. 2019 Race packet pickup is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Medina Library, Community Room A. Participants will get their race bib number, T-shirt and a swag bag of freebies from the various sponsors. Sam Boyer,, "Young women take first steps to state, national titles: Whit & Whimsey," 23 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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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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