- 1.2 (also bible) A copy of the Christian or Jewish scriptures.More example sentences
- A court usher held a copy of the bible to her right hand for the woman to take the oath.
- You won't find the Apocrypha in most bibles, as for Christians of the Reformation it is not regarded as Scripture.
- It shows an African man from the waist up, holding a bible, with his arms extended and raised.
- 1.3A particular edition or translation of the Bible: the New English Bible
- 1.4 (bible) • informal A book regarded as authoritative in a particular sphere: a brand-new edition of this filmgoers' bibleMore example sentences
- This is the bible of pregnancy books, answering virtually every question you could ever think of. A great resource.
- But I was also obsessed with the possibility of the future turning out to be horrible - so I carried around 1984, Farenheit 451 and Brave New World like they were my Bibles.
- The Les Routiers guide - one of the few bibles of the catering and accommodation world - contains 600 entries, covering hotels, restaurants, inns, B and Bs and cafes.
Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek (ta) biblia '(the) books', from biblion 'book', originally a diminutive of biblos 'papyrus, scroll', of Semitic origin.