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

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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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 Yana Paskova for The New York Times Michael Seidenberg, whose clandestine bookshop and literary salon on the Upper East Side was much loved by bibliophiles, literati and inveterate browsers, died on July 8 in a hospital in Danbury, Conn. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Michael Seidenberg, Who Ran a (Sort of) Secret Bookstore, Dies at 64," 15 July 2019 Booth, who died at 80 on Aug. 20 in Wales, is the bibliophile Barnum who rescued the Welsh-English border town of Hay-on-Wye by remaking it into a celebration of all things bookish. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "This “king” jolted a tiny Welsh town to life with 6 bookshops and a horse for prime minister," 28 Aug. 2019 And on YouTube's BookTube, bibliophiles upload video logs anywhere from a couple minutes to more than an hour long. Dallas News, "Bookstagrammers and BookTubers changing the way people read," 26 Aug. 2019 Thatcher Wine, a long-time bibliophile and collector, tapped into this concept in 2001, sourcing rare, out-of-print books to build beautiful libraries based on interest, author, and even color for his clients. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Gwyneth Paltrow Hired a Personal Book Curator—Here's What He Chose For Her Shelves," 20 Aug. 2019 And on YouTube’s BookTube, bibliophiles upload vlogs, or video logs, anywhere from a couple minutes to more than an hour long. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "The Bookstagrammers and BookTubers changing the way we read," 6 Aug. 2019 The Fourth of July came and went, which is great news for bibliophiles looking for things to do because this week L.A. has an explosion of fantastic events. Agatha French,, "Looking for literary fun? These 5 L.A. book events include magic and a little library on wheels," 5 July 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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The first known use of bibliophile was in 1820

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English Language Learners Definition of bibliophile

: a person who loves or collects books

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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