bi·​ble | \ ˈbī-bəl How to pronounce bible (audio) \

Definition of bible

1 capitalized, religion

a : the sacred scriptures of Christians comprising the Old Testament and the New Testament
b : the sacred scriptures of some other religion (such as Judaism)
2 obsolete : book
3 capitalized, religion : a copy or an edition of the Bible gave each of her grandchildren a Bible
4 : 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 in a Sentence

She gave each of her grandchildren a Bible. The book is famous among foodies—it's the gourmet's bible. The magazine is now considered the bible of the plastics industry.
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Its initial streaming-borne success caused confusion among that chart bible’s number-crunchers, who removed it from and eventually reinstated it to their country charts earlier this year. Maura Johnston,, "At Gillette Stadium, Luke Bryan invites everyone into his big tent," 22 June 2019 Authorities said Altic spent money on overseas trips for his family, for groceries and to pay for a doctorate degree in divinity from a Pennsylvania bible college. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Former minister sentenced to 10 years after $800K theft from church," 10 June 2019 When he was sworn into office last June, there was no bible or crucifix in sight—a striking break with Spanish tradition, and a testament to Sánchez’s commitment to the separation of church and state. Omar G. Encarnación, The New York Review of Books, "Will Spain Be the Savior of Social Democracy in Europe?," 28 May 2019 While not mentioned in the bible, Lilith is a wellknown figure in Jewish mythology. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Rihanna-Approved DJ Sita Abellan Launches Her Own Jewelry Line," 6 Dec. 2018 Since its publication, Ram Dass has sold over two million copies of the countercultural bible, and judging by Lil Uzi Vert’s latest T-shirt, the rapper may be of those devotees who has read the book. Vogue, "Is Lil Uzi Vert a Ram Dass Devotee?," 29 May 2019 The Bonghitters of High Times, the marijuana bible. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Bryce Harper Is Playing Hardball. He Should Play Softball.," 10 Feb. 2019 An impressive wine list catalogs a virtual bible of vintages tucked into a 700-bottle wine cellar; 614-451-9774, Katherine Rodeghier,, "Midwest eats: Spice up your meal by dining in one of these repurposed restaurants," 26 June 2018 The manifesto felt like a cross between a playbook and a bible. Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of bible

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of bible

: the book of sacred writings used in the Christian religion
: the book of sacred writings used in the Jewish religion
: a copy or edition of the Bible


Bi·​ble | \ ˈbī-bəl\

Kids Definition of Bible

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

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