Definition of Bible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪb(ə)l/


1 (the Bible) The Christian scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments: [as modifier]: Bible stories Bible study
1.1 (the Bible) The Jewish scriptures, consisting of the Torah or Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa or Writings.
1.2 (also bible) A copy of the Christian or Jewish scriptures.
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.
1.4 (bible) informal A book regarded as authoritative in a particular sphere: a brand-new edition of this filmgoers' bible
More 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.
handbook, manual, ABC, companion, guide, primer, essential book, authoritative book;
Latin vade mecum


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.

  • Bible has come via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek (ta) biblia ‘(the) books’. The singular biblion was originally a diminutive of biblos ‘papyrus, scroll’, of Semitic origin. There is a link with the Eastern Mediterranean port of Byblos, which was a major exporter of papyrus to Greece. Words like bibliography (early 19th century) come from the same source.

Words that rhyme with Bible

intertribal, libel, scribal, tribal

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