[ bib-lee-og-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌbɪb liˈɒg rə fi /

noun, plural bib·li·og·ra·phies.

a complete or selective list of works compiled upon some common principle, as authorship, subject, place of publication, or printer.
a list of source materials that are used or consulted in the preparation of a work or that are referred to in the text.
a branch of library science dealing with the history, physical description, comparison, and classification of books and other works.

Origin of bibliography

From the Greek word bibliographía, dating back to 1670–80. See biblio-, -graphy
Related formsbib·li·o·graph·ic [bib-lee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌbɪb li əˈgræf ɪk/, bib·li·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivebib·li·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbmin·i·bib·li·og·ra·phy, noun, plural min·i·bib·li·og·ra·phies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bibliography


/ (ˌbɪblɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun plural -phies

a list of books or other material on a subject
a list of sources used in the preparation of a book, thesis, etc
a list of the works of a particular author or publisher
  1. the study of the history, classification, etc, of literary material
  2. a work on this subject
Derived Formsbibliographer, nounbibliographic (ˌbɪblɪəʊˈɡræfɪk) or bibliographical, adjectivebibliographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bibliography



1670s, "the writing of books," from Greek bibliographia "the writing of books," from biblio- + graphos "(something) drawn or written" (see -graphy). Sense of "a list of books that form the literature of a subject" is first attested 1869. Related: Bibliographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for bibliography


A list of the written sources of information on a subject. Bibliographies generally appear as a list at the end of a book or article. They may show what works the author used in writing the article or book, or they may list works that a reader might find useful.

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