\ ˈbib How to pronounce bib (audio) \
bibbed; bibbing

Definition of bib

 (Entry 1 of 3)


plural bibs

Definition of bib (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a cloth or plastic shield tied under the chin to protect the clothes
2 : the part of an apron or of overalls extending above the waist
3 : a patch of differently colored feathers or fur immediately below the bill or chin of a bird or mammal
4 : a piece of cloth, paper, or plastic with an identifying number that is worn by a participant in a race or contest a race bib

Definition of bib (Entry 3 of 3)

1 Bible
2 biblical

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Other Words from bib


bibbed \ ˈbibd How to pronounce bibbed (audio) \ adjective
bibless \ ˈbib-​ləs How to pronounce bibless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for bib

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bib in a Sentence

Verb the old professor has been known to bib on occasion
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This revamped iteration of the Fanatic bib has smooth fabric on the bottom of the legs and inner thighs, to minimize the collection of burrs. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Winter Whitetails Without Freezing to Death," 14 Jan. 2020 All participants received a custom Delray Beach Turkey Trot finisher medal, race bib and event shirts. Gary Curreri,, "Over 600 participate in Delray Beach’s Turkey Trot," 6 Dec. 2019 Current owners Johnny Johnson and his daughter Maria Papakirk welcome a regular clientele ranging from socialites sporting pearls to rural workers sporting bib overalls. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Exploring Cincinnati’s culinary scene," 1 Dec. 2019 Participating kids get a Santa hat, Santa beard and race bib. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 27 December festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 29 Nov. 2019 The blue bib has a green seam along the outside with white polka dots. Faith Karimi, CNN, "IKEA recalls thousands of infant bibs worldwide for possible choking hazards," 9 Oct. 2019 Typically, the food is eaten by hand while consumers wear a bib. Anne Nickoloff,, "The Sauce Boiling Seafood Express makes quick-service bagged seafood meals," 15 July 2019 Near a nutrition station stocked with bananas and water, Casey Cristea pinned a racing bib to his 16-year-old son’s shirt before the start of the marathon. Brian Chasnoff,, "Thousands fill San Antonio’s streets for Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon," 8 Dec. 2019 Where crabbers wear waterproof boots and bib pants, the five lab workers in Richmond are in white coats and gloves. Justin Phillips,, "The secret Richmond lab where Bay Area crab season annually learns its fate," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bib


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bib


Middle English bibben

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The first known use of bib was in the 14th century

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“Bib.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bib

: a piece of cloth or plastic that is worn under a baby's chin while the baby is eating
: the part of a piece of clothing (such as an apron) that covers the area above a person's waist


\ ˈbib How to pronounce bib (audio) \

Kids Definition of bib

1 : a cloth or plastic shield fastened under the chin (as of a young child) to protect the clothes
2 : the upper part of an apron or of overalls

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