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family Bible

a large Bible usually having pages at the front for recording the marriages, births, and deaths in a family.
Origin of family Bible
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A man's ignorance is as much his private property, and as precious in his own eyes, as his family Bible.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A large family Bible, from which she had been reading, was open on her knee.

  • On the top dresser to the right of the fireplace in the kitchen of Kenmuir lies the family Bible.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • She put the book in the front room on top of the family Bible.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • "When we get it we'll keep it in the family Bible," said Felicity.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Unsigned, undated note from Sabine Hall to the author states that these dates are in a family Bible at the hall.

  • It is not that a woman should call herself in years younger than her father's family Bible will have her to be.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • She went to the family Bible which lay on the marble-topped table in the front room and took it out.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
  • “That is our family Bible,” Jessie replied, laying her hand upon it reverently.

  • Many believed him to be past a hundred years when he died, but the family Bible was not available to prove the date of his birth.

    Lost Pond Henry Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for family Bible

family Bible

a large Bible used for family worship in which births, marriages, and deaths are recorded
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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