a combining form meaning “lover of,” “enthusiast for” that specified by the initial element: Anglophile; bibliophile; demophile.

Nearby words

  1. -phane,
  2. -phany,
  3. -phasia,
  4. -phemia,
  5. -phil,
  6. -philia,
  7. -philiac,
  8. -philic,
  9. -philism,
  10. -philous

Also -phil.

Origin of -phile

< Latin -philus, -phila < Greek -philos dear, beloved (occurring in proper names). Compare French -phile

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British Dictionary definitions for -phile



n combining form

indicating a person or thing having a fondness or preference for something specifiedbibliophile; Francophile

Word Origin for -phile

from Greek philos loving

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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.

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Medicine definitions for -phile



One that loves or has a strong affinity or preference for:thermophile.
Loving; having a strong affinity or preference for:basophil.

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