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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Giphy Yesterday, Merriam-Webster, the dictionary company behind Scrabble's word bible, announced its latest dastardly plan to break up couples, friends, and families everywhere: Scrabble is adding 300 new words to its official players' dictionary. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Scrabble Launches New Plan to Break Up Couples Everywhere," 25 Sep. 2018 Getting the details felt important, and so my bibles were the memoirs. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell, and Director Felix van Groeningen Discuss Addiction and Fatherhood," 3 Oct. 2018 This exhibition is the first to bring together the work of this California botanist, writer and photographer whose cannabis cultivation guides served as bibles of weed way before there were such things as private equity firms focused on cannabis. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Portraits of peers, collages inspired by the African diaspora and art for feline lovers," 14 June 2018 This is beyond clinging to god, guns, religion and bibles. Fox News, "Graham: Democrats are trying to destroy Kavanaugh's life," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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