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


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