bibliophile

[ bib-lee-uh-fahyl, -fil ]
/ ˈbɪb li əˌfaɪl, -fɪl /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. bibliomancy,
  2. bibliomania,
  3. bibliomaniac,
  4. bibliopegy,
  5. bibliophage,
  6. bibliophobe,
  7. bibliopole,
  8. bibliotaph,
  9. biblioteca,
  10. bibliotheca

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bibliophile

bibliophile

bibliophil (ˈbɪblɪəfɪl)

/ (ˈbɪblɪəˌfaɪl) /

noun

a person who collects or is fond of books
Derived Formsbibliophilism (ˌbɪblɪˈɒfəˌlɪzəm), nounbibliophilistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for bibliophile

bibliophile

n.

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

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