[bib-lee-uh-fahyl, -fil]


a person who loves or collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like.

Also bib·li·oph·i·list [bib-lee-of-uh-list] /ˌbɪb liˈɒf ə lɪst/.

Origin of bibliophile

First recorded in 1815–25; biblio- + -phile
Related formsbib·li·oph·i·lism, bib·li·oph·i·ly, nounbib·li·oph·i·lis·tic, bib·li·o·phil·ic [bib-lee-oh-fil-ik] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈfɪl ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bibliophile

Historical Examples of bibliophile

  • There is a fascination about the subject that every bibliophile must have experienced.

  • Bibliography is perhaps the subject nearest to the heart of every bibliophile.

  • What bibliophile does not prefer the companionship of his books to that of all other friends?

  • It is not a difficult matter, and it can be done by the bibliophile at home.

  • I must confess, though, that I am a bibliophile 82 with War books.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

British Dictionary definitions for bibliophile


bibliophil (ˈbɪblɪəfɪl)


a person who collects or is fond of books
Derived Formsbibliophilism (ˌbɪblɪˈɒfəˌlɪzəm), nounbibliophilistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bibliophile

also bibliophil, 1824, from French bibliophile, from biblio- + -phile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper