• synonyms


See more synonyms for bibliotheca on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural bib·li·o·the·cas, bib·li·o·the·cae [bib-lee-uh-thee-kee] /ˌbɪb li əˈθi ki/.
  1. a collection of books; a library.
  2. a list of books, especially a bookseller's catalog.
  3. Obsolete. the Bible.
Show More

Origin of bibliotheca

1820–25; < Latin: library, collection of books (Medieval Latin: Bible; compare Old English bibliothēce Bible) < Greek bibliothḗkē. See biblio-, theca
Related formsbib·li·o·the·cal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bibliotheca

study, athenaeum, atheneum, bibliotheca

Examples from the Web for bibliotheca

Historical Examples of bibliotheca

  • Beckmann has 12,475, quoting Fabricius' 'Bibliotheca Latina,' ed.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

    P. B. M. Allan

  • Bragge's 'Bibliotheca Nicotiana' was printed at Birmingham in 1880.

  • The desks for the fourth room or Bibliotheca pontificia were ordered in 1480-81.

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark

  • But the contents of the above-mentioned Bibliotheca were purely English.

    The Book-Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • His "Bibliotheca Librorum Rariorum" was published in 1719, 4to.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

British Dictionary definitions for bibliotheca


noun plural -cas or -cae (-kiː)
  1. a library or collection of books
  2. a printed catalogue compiled by a bibliographer
Show More

Word Origin for bibliotheca

Latin: library, from Greek bibliothēkē, from biblio- + thēkē receptacle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bibliotheca


see bibliothek.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper