Why was clemency trending last week?


[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, bibliophilist
[bib-lee-of-uh-list] /ˌbɪb liˈɒf ə lɪst/ (Show IPA)
Origin of bibliophile
1815-25; biblio- + -phile
Related forms
bibliophilism, bibliophily, noun
bibliophilistic, bibliophilic
[bib-lee-oh-fil-ik] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈfɪl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for bibliophile
  • Sage was equally well known as a bibliophile and an angler.
  • We'd recommend it to any bibliophile tired of toting paperbacks.
  • Fred was also a bibliophile who collected books and made bookbindings.
  • Room into a bibliophile's dream at their semi-annual used book sale.
British Dictionary definitions for bibliophile


a person who collects or is fond of books
Derived Forms
bibliophilism (ˌbɪblɪˈɒfəˌlɪzəm) noun
bibliophilistic, adjective
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bibliophile

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bibliophile

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bibliophile

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with bibliophile