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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bible, from Middle Latin biblia (book) (misinterpreted as a feminine from earlier Latin neuter plural biblia (books)), from Ancient Greek βιβλία (biblía, books), plural of βιβλίον (biblíon, small book), originally a diminutive of βίβλος (bíblos, book), from βύβλος (búblos, papyrus) (from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this writing material).

Old English used biblioþēce (from βιβλιοθήκη) and ġewritu (whence English writs) for "the Scriptures".


Proper nounEdit

Bible (plural Bibles)

an open Bible
  1. The main religious text in Christianity.
    In my religion class we learn about the Bible, as well as religious texts of other religions.
    • 2009, Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology, page 16:
      Many non-Christians regard portions of the Bible as “inspiring,” but they do not believe the Bible was “inspired by God” []
  2. The Jewish holy book that was largely incorporated into the Christian Bible.
    She's Jewish, but she doesn't read the Bible because she's not religious.
  3. The analogous holy book of another religion.
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Bible (plural Bibles)

  1. A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of one of the above-mentioned texts.
  • (specific version or copy): bible

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Etymology 2Edit

From a Middle English diminutive of the given name Isabel.

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  1. A matronymic surname​.

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Bible f

  1. The Bible (The Christian holy book; the Old and New Testaments)