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


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

OTHER WORDS FROM bibliophile

bib·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. 2020

Examples from the Web for bibliophilic

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

    Pot-Boilers|Clive Bell

British Dictionary definitions for bibliophilic


bibliophil (ˈbɪblɪəfɪl)

/ (ˈbɪblɪəˌfaɪl) /


a person who collects or is fond of books

Derived forms of bibliophile

bibliophilism (ˌbɪblɪˈɒfəˌlɪzəm), nounbibliophilistic, adjective
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