Definition of bible
1 capitalized, religion a : the sacred scriptures of Christians comprising the Old Testament and the New Testamentb : the sacred scriptures of some other religion (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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 13th century
BIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bible for English Language Learners
the Bible : the book of sacred writings used in the Christian religion
: the book of sacred writings used in the Jewish religion
Bible : a copy or edition of the Bible
BIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of Bible for Students
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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