bi·​ble | \ˈbī-bəl \

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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It was not added to the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic bible of mental health professionals around the world. Vivek Wadhwa And Alex Salkever, WIRED, "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?," 26 June 2018 On Thursday, attorney general Jeff Sessions cited the bible in defense of the administration's policy, saying that having children does not give migrants immunity from prosecution under American law. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Willie Nelson Calls Trump Administration 'Zero-Tolerance' Immigration Policy 'Outrageous'," 15 June 2018 And then there’s her blog, which is like a design bible for frequent visitors. Sarah Weinberg, House Beautiful, "It's Always Happy Hour At Emily Henderson's," 12 July 2018 The Vibe magazine Smith edited was my hip-hop bible. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Oakland journalist sees black culture shifting from music to sports," 25 June 2018 Combining the aforementioned cinematic influences, La and Dickley also looked to Dressing for Pleasure, the underground bible for fetishwear in the 1970s. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Deadhead-Approved European Brand to Know," 27 Apr. 2018 In Clinton, Indiana, a vacation bible school was blocked from advertising a free lunch event for kids ages 3 to 12. Sarah Frier, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s algorithm blocks ads for Bush’s beans, singers named Clinton," 3 July 2018 The world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater, of Westport, Connecticut, was essentially a cult, with its own bible, ritual mind control, and feats of strength. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Sullivan has been a group leader for bible camp and Gospel Time, events that get younger kids involved in the church. Kenny Levine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rachel Sullivan always looking to help others," 5 Apr. 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 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


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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