bibliophile

noun
bib·lio·phile | \ ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l \

Definition of bibliophile 

: a lover of books especially for qualities of format also : a book collector

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Other words from bibliophile

bibliophilic \ˌbi-blē-ə-ˈfi-lik \ adjective
bibliophilism \ˌbi-blē-ˈä-fə-ˌli-zəm \ noun
bibliophily \ˌbi-blē-ˈä-fə-lē \ noun

Examples of bibliophile in a Sentence

for bibliophiles, no electronic device could possibly give the tactile pleasure of a beautifully bound book

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By the second half of the 1990s, the Russian Internet — RuNet — was awash in book digitization projects run by intellectuals, activists and other bibliophiles. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 The Vatican received the letter in 1921 as part of a bequest of rare books and manuscripts that had belonged to Giovanni Francesco De Rossi, a 19th-century bibliophile. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Vatican Gets Back Stolen Columbus Letter, but Case Remains a Whodunit," 15 June 2018 The place should find avid fans among solitary bibliophiles, cocooning couples, design-magazine devotees and former publishing barons nostalgic for the heyday of print. Seth Sherwood, New York Times, "In Bangkok, an Intimate Hotel With an Inky Past," 14 Apr. 2018 Many bibliophiles shudder at the thought of tossing a book in the trash. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Turkish Garbage Collectors Curate Their Own Library," 23 Feb. 2018 But purchasing a book bound in leather, specifically, poses a dilemma to bibliophiles who have ethical quandaries about supporting such a tome. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "This Book Is Bound in Lab-Grown Jellyfish Leather," 31 Jan. 2018 Emma Roberts Emma, along with one of her best friends and fellow bibliophiles Karah Preiss, created Belletrist for book lovers like themselves. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Reese, Lena, Sarah Jessica and Oprah told us the hottest books to read in 2017," 22 Dec. 2017 Now, imagine that very same quiet Welsh town transformed into a bustling city as more than 250,000 bibliophiles descend on the town, seeking out author readings and transforming the cafes into book clubs. Susan B. Barnes, Smithsonian, "More Than 250,000 Bibliophiles Are About to Descend on “The Town of Books”," 24 May 2017 Although reprints are available for reasonable prices through Amazon.com, bibliophiles who want a hardcover copy from 1938 may pay as much as $145, according to a bookseller's listing. NOLA.com, "The write stuff: Remembering the WPA's City Guide to New Orleans," 23 July 2017

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First Known Use of bibliophile

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bibliophile

French, from bibli- + -phile

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bibliophile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bibliophile

: a person who loves or collects books

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