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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The event hall owner blamed her rearing in Mississippi as a reason for her misinformation and admitted to never actually taking the time to study her bible herself. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Racist Wedding Hall Owner Apologizes After Denying Interracial Couple Her Venue," 4 Sep. 2019 Jukebox musicals will always be with us, as the producers’ bible proclaims. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony Awards: A critic celebrates Broadway's unabashed idealism," 9 June 2019 Religious book publishers have warned the new tax could result in a Bible shortage in the U.S. Tens of millions of bibles are printed in China each year, with some estimates as high as 150 million. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "5 things to consider buying before new U.S. tariffs on China kick in Sept. 1," 9 Aug. 2019 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 Memorial Day Weekend is the grilling holiday of the year, after fourth of July of course, so undust your grill and consider the following your grilling bible. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Get ready to fire up the grill for Memorial Day with these tips," 22 May 2018 The list, released in June 2017 issue of the magazine, is a bible of sorts for Texas meat eaters. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Is there a better place to celebrate National BBQ Day than Houston? We think not...," 16 May 2018 In the painting, a kind-eyed, smiling Henrietta looks directly at the viewer, pearls around her neck and a bible held snugly in her overlapped hands. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Famed for “Immortal” Cells, Henrietta Lacks is Immortalized in Portraiture," 15 May 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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