Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sacred book of Christianity, a collection of ancient writings including the books of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
  • n. The Hebrew Scriptures, the sacred book of Judaism.
  • n. A particular copy of a Bible: the old family Bible.
  • n. A book or collection of writings constituting the sacred text of a religion.
  • n. A book considered authoritative in its field: the bible of French cooking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Christian holy book.
  • proper n. The Jewish holy book that was largely incorporated into the Christian Bible.
  • proper n. The analogous holy book of another religion.
  • n. A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of one of the above-mentioned texts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A book.
  • n. 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. Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews.
  • n. A book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion.
  • n. a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Book, or rather the Books (see etym.), by way of eminence; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
  • n. Hence Any book or collection of religious writings received by its adherents as a divine revelation: as, the Koran is the Bible of the Mohammedans; the Mormon Bible.
  • n. [lowercase] Any great book.
  • n. [lowercase] A medieval military engine for throwing large stones.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sacred writings of the Christian religions
  • n. a book regarded as authoritative in its field

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin biblia, from Greek, pl. of biblion, book, diminutive of biblos, papyrus, book, from Bublos, Byblos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See bible. (Wiktionary)

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