bible

noun 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

Examples of bible in a Sentence

  1. She gave each of her grandchildren a Bible.

  2. The book is famous among foodies—it's the gourmet's bible.

  3. The magazine is now considered the bible of the plastics industry.

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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



BIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

bible

noun

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

Bible

noun Bi·ble \ ˈbī-bəl \

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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