-phile

a combining form meaning “lover of,” “enthusiast for” that specified by the initial element: Anglophile; bibliophile; demophile.
Also, -phil.


Origin:
< Latin -philus, -phila < Greek -philos dear, beloved (occurring in proper names). Compare French -phile

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-phile or -phil
 
n combining form
indicating a person or thing having a fondness or preference for something specified: bibliophile; Francophile
 
[from Greek philos loving]
 
-phil or -phil
 
n combining form
 
[from Greek philos loving]

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-phile
via Fr. and L. from Gk. -philos, common suffix in personal names, from philos "loving, dear," from philein "to love," of unknown origin.
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-phile or -phil
suff.

  1. One that loves or has a strong affinity or preference for: thermophile.

  2. Loving; having a strong affinity or preference for: basophil.

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He was well known among scholars as a courteous biblio phile.
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