family Bible


: a large Bible usually having special pages for recording births, marriages, and deaths

Examples of family Bible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The woman pointed to her presence in Census records, a record of her birth in a family Bible, baptismal records and documents about her high school attendance. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 18 Apr. 2024 The governor’s wife, Susan McKee, will hold the McKee family Bible during the ceremony. Globe Staff,, 29 Dec. 2022 As Maura Healey placed her hand on a family Bible originally owned by her great-great-grandmother, history was made in front of the hundreds packed into the State House and countless others watching at home. Samantha J. Gross,, 5 Jan. 2023 Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea administered the oath of office to Matos, using the lieutenant governor’s family Bible., 14 Apr. 2021 The web has replaced the family Bible as the keeper of the family tree and the stories of one’s ancestors, and now each of us can trace our lineage back centuries. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 In addition to the diary, the Edges donated an ancient Claypoole family Bible, with notations begun by John Claypoole's mother in the 1740s, and a variety of 18th-century historic documents related to Philadelphia's Quaker world to which Betsy Ross intermittently belonged. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 Some chose a family Bible, as Jimmy Carter did, with the one used by Washington placed on the lectern. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2021 The Moore kids gave big waves to the crowd and held a family Bible as their father, an Army veteran and former nonprofit executive, took the oath of office. Hannah Gaskill, Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1720, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of family Bible was circa 1720

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“Family Bible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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