Definition of Bible in English:

Bible

noun

  • 1the BibleThe Christian scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments.

    • ‘verses from the Bible’
    • ‘Bible stories’
    • ‘Bible study’
    1. 1.1the BibleThe Jewish scriptures, consisting of the Torah or Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa or Writings.
    2. 1.2A copy of the Christian or Jewish scriptures.
      ‘clutching a large black Bible under his arm’
      ‘the New English Bible’
      • ‘A court usher held a copy of the bible to her right hand for the woman to take the oath.’
      • ‘You won't find the Apocrypha in most bibles, as for Christians of the Reformation it is not regarded as Scripture.’
      • ‘It shows an African man from the waist up, holding a bible, with his arms extended and raised.’
      • ‘He would do so every day and talk to the family about the bible and Jesus.’
      • ‘I hadn't read the bible, nor asked any Christians why they considered it so important.’
      • ‘You dropped your big black bible on the table with a thud for emphasis.’
      • ‘On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to retrieve his bible and looked up Psalm 129.’
      • ‘Some 561 editions of the Bible were produced in English between 1520 and 1649 (enough bibles were printed in the 1630s alone to provide a copy for one in every four English households).’
      • ‘The priest intoned the last few words of the ceremony and closed his thick black bible sharply.’
      • ‘My own godfather gave me a leather bound bible on my christening.’
      • ‘It reminded me of how the ancient scribes lovingly embellished letters in bibles and illuminated manuscripts with human and animal forms.’
      • ‘The most poignant relics, however, are the items brought from their homeland, including an air-piano, a harp, numerous bibles and the original embarkation document for the passengers who boarded the Mimosa.’
      • ‘The creation of the digital images is surprisingly swift. 1,300 pages of the bibles were photographed in just 4 days.’
      • ‘Even today, many bibles have different translations.’
      • ‘We stop and he takes down one of the smaller bibles.’
      • ‘The priests process round the church, swinging clouds of incense, carrying their elaborate silver Ethiopian crosses and richly bound bibles.’
      • ‘She collects used stockings and tights to be sent to India, where they can be used as bandages, bibles to pass on to missionaries abroad and used stamps for other charities.’
      • ‘A number of bibles and books, including old church records will be put into storage after the sale goes through.’
      • ‘We provide training for them, and I make sure they have all the materials they need - things like bibles, books and study materials.’
      • ‘Often, the introductory pages of local bibles or books of hours would be elegantly decorated with wonderful letter forms.’
    3. 1.3informal A book regarded as authoritative in a particular sphere.
      ‘a brand-new edition of this filmgoers' bible’
      • ‘This is the bible of pregnancy books, answering virtually every question you could ever think of. A great resource.’
      • ‘But I was also obsessed with the possibility of the future turning out to be horrible - so I carried around 1984, Farenheit 451 and Brave New World like they were my Bibles.’
      • ‘The Les Routiers guide - one of the few bibles of the catering and accommodation world - contains 600 entries, covering hotels, restaurants, inns, B and Bs and cafes.’
      • ‘It is sometimes referred to as the "electronics bible", and remains a popular text.’
      • ‘The annual Blue Book, bible of the insurance industry, will be published in the next few weeks.’
      • ‘The book became the bible of the democracy movement, and the city a place of pilgrimage for human rights activists.’
      • ‘His book, London, The Biography is the absolute bible for those who like to know their London history.’
      • ‘My bible is Mastering The Art Of French Cooking, a two-volume cookery book I was given at 25.’
      • ‘Most recently, she decided to entrust me with one of her cooking bibles called L' Art Culinaire Moderne written by Henri-Paul Pellaprat, which she acquired in late 1946 as her handwritten ex-libris attests.’
      • ‘A cooking bible can be so helpful when it comes to unusual ingredients, and cooking techniques.’
      • ‘I've used this edition and the previous two editions as my never-to-be-missed always-at-hand 'bible' of computing.’
      • ‘New editions appeared regularly as the book rapidly became a bible for all aspiring radiologists worldwide.’
      • ‘This is the bible of cooking – as simple or as complicated as you care to get.’
      • ‘Looking for an Italian cooking bible? Look no further. This is one of my favorite types of cookbooks by far.’
      • ‘I know it is much maligned by those who prefer the prior editions, but it has become my beloved bible of cooking!’
      handbook, manual, ABC, companion, guide, primer, essential book, authoritative book
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Origin

Middle English via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek (ta) biblia ‘(the) books’, from biblion ‘book’, originally a diminutive of biblos ‘papyrus, scroll’, of Semitic origin.

Pronunciation

Bible

/ˈbʌɪb(ə)l/