Definition of bibliophile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiblēəˌfīl/


A person who collects or has a great love of books.
Example sentences
  • Though many bibliophiles would love to have a look at this collection, it has not been available in the market for long.
  • The British Library is asking bibliophiles to adopt a book and save it for the nation.
  • But then surprises always await bibliophiles at a book fair.



Pronunciation: /ˌbiblēəˈfilik/
Example sentences
  • Our publishers recognized this by publishing, simultaneously, a hard-copy version (which many libraries and bibliophilic readers still prefer) and a Web version, which will be updated two years hence.
  • At his lovely retirement village, with the help of many friends as well as family, we had a wonderful bibliophilic party.
  • His patient-centered teaching and his genteel, bibliophilic scholarship inspired later medical humanists.


Pronunciation: /ˌbiblēˈäfəlē/
Example sentences
  • History of bibliophily reaches back to ancient times, while philately came into existence in the second half of the 19th century.
  • It includes a great number of elements and during several centuries bibliophily takes not the least important place among them.
  • Besides its aesthetic qualities, the all rag paper has the solidity and the homogeneity needed in bibliophily.


Early 19th century: from French, from Greek biblion 'book' + philos 'loving'.

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Syllabification: bib·li·o·phile

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