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

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 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 Antique books, Southern Historical Antiques For the bibliophile in your life, check out Southern Historical Antiques. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "ICYMI: Have yourself a Katy little Christmas: a guide to Katy gift giving," 27 Nov. 2019 The result is something far more complicated: a sprawling tale bursting with books-within-books and a multi-level underground fantasy space that’s basically a bibliophile paradise come to life. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Erin Morgenstern celebrates literary magic with The Starless Sea," 16 Oct. 2019 As any bibliophile knows, ugly bookends cannot diminish the wisdom, emotion and knowledge that lies on the pages between them. Henry Schulman,, "Giants end Bruce Bochy era with shutout loss to Dodgers," 29 Sep. 2019 Fresno Bee The art of traditional bookmaking lives on at the Book Club of California, a quiet paradise for bibliophiles. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Dozens are feared dead after boat fire off the coast of Ventura County," 3 Sep. 2019 Friday-Sunday Write This Down The Salem Literary Festival unites five dozen New England writers and hundreds of bibliophiles for talks, panel discussions, kids’ activities, and more., "Drag Time," 14 Sep. 2019 The literary bash, which announced its 450-author lineup (and growing) on Monday, will bring a who’s who of novelists, poets, essayists and the bibliophiles who read them to Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami Nov. 17-24. Phillip Valys,, "Miami Book Fair announces 2019 author lineup: Blondie’s Debbie Harry, director John Waters," 9 Sep. 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 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bibliophile

: a person who loves or collects books

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