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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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 Our set of 100 cocktail napkins is perfect for reading groups and book clubs; as a hostess gift for a bibliophile; as a present for a teacher, librarian, or anyone who loves literary quotes. The Reader's Catalog, "Cocktail Napkins for Readers," 17 June 2019 In some cases, their skin was used as book covers by bibliophiles and surgeons with a taste for human-hide binding. The New York Review of Books, "David S. Reynolds," 22 Mar. 2018 David Strettell of Dashwood Books, the below-ground mecca for art-loving bibliophiles, was tapped to curate Gucci’s new bolthole for bookworms. Vogue, "Backing Print: Gucci Wooster Opens a Bookstore Curated by Dashwood Books," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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