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[bib-lee-uh-fahyl, -fil] /ˈbɪb li əˌfaɪl, -fɪl/
a person who loves or collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like.
Also, bibliophilist
[bib-lee-of-uh-list] /ˌbɪb liˈɒf ə lɪst/ (Show IPA)
Origin of bibliophile
First recorded in 1815-25; biblio- + -phile
Related forms
bibliophilism, bibliophily, noun
bibliophilistic, bibliophilic
[bib-lee-oh-fil-ik] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈfɪl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is a fascination about the subject that every bibliophile must have experienced.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • Bibliography is perhaps the subject nearest to the heart of every bibliophile.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • What bibliophile does not prefer the companionship of his books to that of all other friends?

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • It is not a difficult matter, and it can be done by the bibliophile at home.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • I must confess, though, that I am a bibliophile 82 with War books.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • He was, like De Morgan himself, a bibliophile in the domain of mathematics.

  • The bibliophile is never troubled by the storms of political life.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • But what became of the books of the bishop and bibliophile, Richard de Bury?

    Oxford and its Story Cecil Headlam
  • Guinot, a poet and a bibliophile, with the emblems of death and immortality.

    French Book-plates Walter Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for bibliophile


a person who collects or is fond of books
Derived Forms
bibliophilism (ˌbɪblɪˈɒfəˌlɪzəm) noun
bibliophilistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bibliophile

also bibliophil, 1824, from French bibliophile, from biblio- + -phile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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