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

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“Bible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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