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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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 My personal bible on the topic is The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins. Michael Adler, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Thursday, May 13, in Stillwater, MN Phil Handy had a pre-Revolutionary War bible in need of repair. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Herron put together a 60-page bible of ideas for the characters, the story, the visual references and more. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Alice in Wonderland is a bible for the power of imagination; a plaidoyer for being curious and for seeing the world with different eyes. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The result is the new bible of ’80s hard-rock and glam-metal. Matt Wake |, al, 7 Apr. 2021 The second bible, belonging to a longtime family friend, was used during Harris's swearing-in ceremony as a senator four years ago and as California's attorney general. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 20 Jan. 2021 For comparison's sake: This is the same bible that included my Torah portion, Bamidbar, which was literally just about counting tribes around a sacred tabernacle. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2020 This beautiful book is a bible in the California native plant world, written by three of the state’s leading experts in California native plants. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 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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“Bible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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