bible

noun
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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An impressive wine list catalogs a virtual bible of vintages tucked into a 700-bottle wine cellar; 614-451-9774, refectory.com. Katherine Rodeghier, chicagotribune.com, "Midwest eats: Spice up your meal by dining in one of these repurposed restaurants," 26 June 2018 The manifesto felt like a cross between a playbook and a bible. Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 2018 If there’s a relationship bible, this would be it—and for good reason. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Tested ‘Love Languages’ and 3 Other Relationship Books on My Marriage," 7 Oct. 2018 The Chinese government is destroying crosses, burning bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian believers to sign papers renouncing their faith as the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and several provinces intensifies. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Chinese officials burn bibles, close churches, force Christian to denounce faith amid 'escalating' crackdown," 10 Sep. 2018 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, latimes.com, "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

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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

noun

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

Bible

noun
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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