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arctophile Line breaks: arcto|phile
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːktəfʌɪl/

Definition of arctophile in English:


A person who collects or is very fond of teddy bears.
Example sentences
  • Churchill and many other arctophiles - people who collect teddy bears - are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the furry toy worldwide.
  • A Teddy Bear awaited him on his arrival home - he is the youngest arctophile in the famous Port family.
  • The company is able to focus its specific target audience and caters to arctophiles and artists world-wide.


Example sentences
  • Teddy Bear lovers from across the world look forward to the UK's favourite magazine dedicated to arctophilia.
  • He also issued public pleas for facts and figures on arctophilia during television appearances with ‘Theodore,’ oldest of his own Teddies (all of whom, he complains, get into ‘a foul temper’ when he is away from them).
Pronunciation: /ɑːkˈtɒfɪlɪst/
Example sentences
  • As a confirmed arctophilist I must protest.
Pronunciation: /ɑːkˈtɒfɪli/
Example sentences
  • The word arctophily is a combination of two Greek words that mean ‘bear’ and ‘love.’
  • Such pricey bears are a sign of a new phenomenon: arctophily, or bear collecting.
  • Our arctophily extends to collecting items showing Teddy Bears as well as books, but is clearly focused towards offering lonely Teddy Bears a new home.


1970s: from Greek arctos 'bear' + -phile.

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