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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Recent Examples on the Web The words have since appeared on T-shirts, on bumper stickers and beer caps, and most famously, in Papazian’s beer-making bible, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, now in its fourth printing. Benjamin Rasmussen, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Schoolteacher Who Sparked America’s Craft Brew Revolution," 10 June 2020 In Washington, DC, police released tear gas and fired rubber bullets at protesters near the White House to make way for President Trump to pose outside of a nearby church while holding a bible. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 2: protests, military, George Floyd autopsy, coronavirus," 2 June 2020 Without missing a beat, Trump adjourned from that announcement to stage a sickly exploitative bible-brandishing photo-op in front of a Washington, DC, church damaged in the protests. Linda Tirado, The New Republic, "Police Blinded Me in One Eye. I Can Still See Why My Country’s on Fire.," 4 June 2020 Since it was first published in 1938, Trout by Ray Bergman has become a bible for anglers, owing to its clear, authoritative descriptions of trout and how to catch them, whether with dry flies, old-school wet flies, streamers, bucktails, or nymphs. Outdoor Life, "Four essential books all about trout fishing," 30 Apr. 2020 Laser was raised in a fundamentalist Christian household where the bible was the only reading material allowed. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dieter Laser, German Star of 'The Human Centipede,' Dies at 78," 10 Apr. 2020 Like something out of the bible, a second coming appears to be on the horizon., "Why Placing So Much Expectation on the Returning Defensive Trio Is Dangerous Ploy By Arsenal Fans," 18 Sep. 2019 The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the mental-health professionals’ bible, lists a dozen different anxiety and related conditions. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "The Coronavirus Pandemic May Be Causing an Anxiety Pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 The movie opens as Jeremy and Melissa meet on the picturesque campus of a Southern California bible college and sort of start dating. James Ward, Detroit Free Press, "‘I Still Believe’ fails to pull heartstrings," 12 Mar. 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Bible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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