[bib-lee-uh-fahyl, -fil]
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. 2018

Examples from the Web for bibliophilic

Historical Examples of bibliophilic

  • Let it be understood at once that the appearance of this magnificent work is a bibliophilic rather than a literary event.


    Clive Bell

British Dictionary definitions for bibliophilic


bibliophil (ˈbɪblɪəfɪl)

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper