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 specifiedbibliophile; Francophile
Word Origin for -phile
from Greek philos loving
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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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