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family Bible

noun
1.
a large Bible usually having pages at the front for recording the marriages, births, and deaths in a family.
Origin of family Bible
1775-1785
1775-85
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  • A man's ignorance is as much his private property, and as precious in his own eyes, as his family Bible.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A large family Bible, from which she had been reading, was open on her knee.

  • On the top dresser to the right of the fireplace in the kitchen of Kenmuir lies the family Bible.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • She put the book in the front room on top of the family Bible.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • "When we get it we'll keep it in the family Bible," said Felicity.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Unsigned, undated note from Sabine Hall to the author states that these dates are in a family Bible at the hall.

  • It is not that a woman should call herself in years younger than her father's family Bible will have her to be.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • It was a charming print; the letters were almost as large as the type of the family Bible.

  • “That is our family Bible,” Jessie replied, laying her hand upon it reverently.

  • She went to the family Bible which lay on the marble-topped table in the front room and took it out.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
British Dictionary definitions for family Bible

family Bible

noun
1.
a large Bible used for family worship in which births, marriages, and deaths are recorded
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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