bib·​lio·​phile | \ ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce bibliophile (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bibliophile (audio) \ adjective
bibliophilism \ ˌbi-​blē-​ˈä-​fə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce bibliophile (audio) \ noun
bibliophily \ ˌbi-​blē-​ˈä-​fə-​lē How to pronounce bibliophile (audio) \ noun

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Examples of bibliophile in a Sentence

for bibliophiles, no electronic device could possibly give the tactile pleasure of a beautifully bound book
Recent Examples on the Web Flora Sassoon, Aziza’s daughter, became the matriarch of the most pious branch of the family in Britain, and her son, noted London bibliophile David Solomon Sassoon, expanded its collection of Jewish objects and manuscripts. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Treasures of Judaica From the Sassoon Family Collection," 11 Dec. 2020 But in Sittenfeld’s telling, the former first lady—or someone quite like her—was a shy but sharp bibliophile with seething guilt and compelling self-doubt. The New Yorker, "The Best Books We Read in 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 Sure, the thought of getting rid of books sickens most bibliophiles. Michael Ansaldo, PCWorld, "How to organize your Kindle library," 20 Apr. 2020 Throughout the day, the two lifelong bibliophiles keep the space tidy, input new books and organize returns. Houston Chronicle, "Peaceful exploration is offered at library in The Buckingham," 16 Apr. 2020 Heath consistently offers lush, emotional romances, but this title is a particular gift for the many bibliophiles to be found among her readers. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: New romances provide welcome balm for stressful times," 3 Apr. 2020 Maximalists, Ikea fanatics, and bibliophiles: Shelves are what bring us together. Samantha Weiss-hills, House Beautiful, "The Designer’s Guide to Shelving," 5 Feb. 2020 What bibliophile could resist the adorably illustrated and expertly devised A Booklover’s Guide to New York? David Canfield,, "EW's literary gift guide: The 30 best holiday books of the year," 18 Dec. 2019 For bibliophiles, there’s no better feeling than wrapping up in a comfy blanket and getting lost in a book. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Cozy Cabin Was Made for Bibliophiles," 17 Dec. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bibliophile

: a person who loves or collects books

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