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

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 Ignace’s son — and de Waal’s great-grandfather — Viktor, who inherited the family business and the Palais Ephrussi, was more of a bibliophile. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Any young bibliophile can soon enjoy multiple opportunities — all of them outdoors and free — to dive deeply into the world of books, and not just by investigating what’s between their covers. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Established in 1825 and located near the Boston Common, this bibliophile’s haven has three floors packed with books. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 30 July 2021 Tito is a mercurial bibliophile given to bold claims. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 28 May 2021 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, 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, 1 Dec. 2020 Sure, the thought of getting rid of books sickens most bibliophiles. Michael Ansaldo, PCWorld, 20 Apr. 2020 Throughout the day, the two lifelong bibliophiles keep the space tidy, input new books and organize returns. Houston Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2020 See More

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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 May. 2022.

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