bible

noun

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of bible was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bible. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

Bible

noun
Bi·​ble
ˈbī-bəl
1
a
: a book made up of the writings accepted by Christians as coming from God
b
: a book containing the sacred writings of some other religion
2
not capitalized : a publication widely read and considered very important
the bible of show business
bible table

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