WORD ORIGIN a combining form meaning “lover of,” “enthusiast for” that specified by the initial element: Anglophile; bibliophile; demophile. 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 specified bibliophile; Francophile Word Origin for -phile
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Word Origin and History for -phile
-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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suff. 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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