- a combining form meaning “lover of,” “enthusiast for” that specified by the initial element: Anglophile; bibliophile; demophile.
Origin of -phile
- indicating a person or thing having a fondness or preference for something specifiedbibliophile; Francophile
Word Origin for -phile
Word Origin and History for -phile
also -phil, word-forming element meaning "one that loves, likes, or is attracted to," via French -phile and Medieval Latin -philus in this sense, from Greek -philos, common suffix in personal names (e.g. Theophilos), from philos "loving, dear," from philein "to love," of unknown origin.
- One that loves or has a strong affinity or preference for:thermophile.
- Loving; having a strong affinity or preference for:basophil.