Definitions for Bibleˈbaɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Bi•bleˈbaɪ bəl(n.)

  1. the collection of sacred writings of the Christian religion, comprising the Old and New Testaments.

    Category: Bible

  2. Category: Judaism

    Ref: Also called Hebrew Scriptures.

  3. (often l.c.) the sacred writings of any religion.

  4. (l.c.) a reference publication esteemed for its usefulness and authority:

    a bird-watchers' bible.

Origin of Bible:

1300–50; ME < OF < ML biblia (fem. sing.) < Gk, in tà biblía tà hagía the holy books; biblíon, byblíon papyrus roll, der. of býblos papyrus, after Býblos, a Phoenician port from where papyrus was exported

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bible, Christian Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Word(noun)

    the sacred writings of the Christian religions

    "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"

  2. bible(noun)

    a book regarded as authoritative in its field

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. Bibleˈbaɪ bəl

    a copy of the Bible

    several Bibles on the shelf

  2. Bibleˈbaɪ bəl

    the most important book in a particular subject

    the bible for young lawyers


  1. bible(Noun)

    A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handymanu2019s bible).

  2. bible(Noun)

    A holystone.

  3. Bible(ProperNoun)

    The Christian holy book.

  4. Bible(ProperNoun)

    The Jewish holy book that was largely incorporated into the Christian Bible.

  5. Bible(ProperNoun)

    The analogous holy book of another religion.

  6. Bible(ProperNoun)

    A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of any of the above.

  7. Origin: See bible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bible(noun)

    a book

  2. Bible(noun)

    the Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament; as, King James's Bible; Douay Bible; Luther's Bible. Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews; as, a rabbinical Bible

  3. Bible(noun)

    a book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan Bible

  4. Bible(noun)

    a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bible

    1. One of a small number of fundamental source books such as Knuth, K&R, or the Camel Book. 2. The most detailed and authoritative reference for a particular language, operating system, or other complex software system.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Bible

    The book composed of writings generally accepted by Christians as inspired by God and of divine authority. (Webster, 3d ed)


  1. The Bible

    The Bible is a canonical collection of texts sacred in Judaism and Christianity. There is no single "Bible" and many Bibles with varying contents exist. The term Bible is shared between Judaism and Christianity, although the contents of each of their collections of canonical texts is not the same. Different religious groups include different books within their Biblical canons, in different orders, and sometimes divide or combine books, or incorporate additional material into canonical books. The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, contains twenty-four books divided into three parts: the five books of the Torah, the Nevi'im, and the Ketuvim. Christian Bibles range from the sixty-six books of the Protestant canon to the eighty-one books of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church canon. The first part of Christian Bibles is the Old Testament, which contains, at minimum, the twenty-four books of the Hebrew Bible divided into thirty-nine books and ordered differently from the Hebrew Bible. The Catholic Church and Eastern Christian churches also hold certain deuterocanonical books and passages to be part of the Old Testament canon.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4776

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3004

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bible' in Nouns Frequency: #1783

Translations for Bible

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with the ) the sacred writings of the Christian Church, consisting of the Old and New Testaments.

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