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[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
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  • The bibliophile asks about his books the question which the metaphysician asks about his soul.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • I must confess, though, that I am a bibliophile 82 with War books.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • Diane de Poitiers, a true chasseresse des bouquins, was herself the daughter of a bibliophile.

    The Great Book-Collectors Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
  • What bibliophile does not prefer the companionship of his books to that of all other friends?

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • Charles was more of a bibliophile than might be guessed from his orthography.

    Pickle the Spy Andrew Lang
  • It is not a difficult matter, and it can be done by the bibliophile at home.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • He had been the underbidder, but what chance had a poor devil of a bibliophile against the wealthy captains of industry?

    The Unpublishable Memoirs A. S. W. Rosenbach
  • Bibliography is perhaps the subject nearest to the heart of every bibliophile.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • It may be readily surmised that he had not many of the tastes of a bibliophile, nor time in which to indulge them.

    French Book-plates Walter Hamilton
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
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Word Origin and History for bibliophile

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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