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

Synonyms for bibliophile


bibliolater, bibliomaniac, bookman

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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

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The truth every bibliophile knows: Reading is so much more than flipping through pages. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Book Bento Is Every Bookworm's Dream Come True," 2 May 2016 The specialized dating site pairs up bibliophiles based on their literary preferences. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "3 Sites for… Specialized Communities," 15 Feb. 2011 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bibliophile

: a person who loves or collects books

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