bi·​ble ˈbī-bəl How to pronounce bible (audio)
capitalized, religion
: the sacred scriptures of Christians comprising the Old Testament and the New Testament
: the sacred scriptures of some other religion (such as Judaism)
obsolete : book
capitalized religion : a copy or an edition of the Bible
gave each of her grandchildren a Bible
: a publication that is preeminent especially in authoritativeness or wide readership
the fisherman's bible
the bible of the entertainment industry
bible table

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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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of bible was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a book made up of the writings accepted by Christians as coming from God
: a book containing the sacred writings of some other religion
not capitalized : a publication widely read and considered very important
the bible of show business
bible table

Middle English Bible "the Bible," from early French Bible (same meaning), from Latin biblia (same meaning), from Greek biblia (plural) "books," derived from Byblos, ancient city in Phoenicia from which the Greeks imported papyrus

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