bib·​lio·​phile ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce bibliophile (audio)
: a lover of books especially for qualities of format
also : a book collector
bibliophilic adjective
bibliophilism noun
bibliophily noun

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 Finally, bibliophiles will want to leave some time to stop by the Jane Austen Centre to learn about the writer’s life, family, and legacy. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 Today, the bookshop hosts regular public events and offers a library curation service for bibliophiles looking to build their own reading rooms at home. Suyin Haynes, CNN, 6 Mar. 2024 There's something for every type of tech lover, including coffee enthusiasts, bibliophiles, adventurers, and more. Cierra Cowan, PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Gamers can also take advantage of free video games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, while bibliophiles love Prime Reading, which gets you access to thousands of free books, magazines, comics, audiobooks and more. Tim Chan, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 And, like moons to the bigger stores’ planets, specialty bookshops found bibliophiles’ markets for volumes about art, fitness, science, ethnic interests, photography, erotica, comics, sports, mystery and horror, architecture, and the spiritual. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Beware the biography-laden diet, though, which is the bibliophile’s equivalent of skipping leg day. Ben McGrath, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 Located across from Eastern Market, in a three-floor rowhouse nearly overflowing with books, the store has been a destination for D.C. bibliophiles since 1991, when it was founded by Bill Kerr, a former Jesuit priest who sold classified advertisements for The Washington Post. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 How a tiny town in southern France became a magnet for bibliophiles. Lorna Parkes, Travel + Leisure, 16 Oct. 2023

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Word History


French, from bibli- + -phile

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bibliophile was in 1820

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“Bibliophile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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