Definitions

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

  • n. A lover of books.
  • n. A collector of books.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who loves books.
  • n. One who obsessively collects books, not necessarily due to any interest in reading them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lover of books.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lover of books. Sometimes written bibliophil.

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

  • n. someone who loves (and usually collects) books

Etymologies

First attested in 1824. From French bibliophile, from Ancient Greek βιβλιο- (biblio-, "of or pertaining to books") + φίλος (philos, "beloved"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Reading Spellwright as a bibliophile is a real treat, and the focus on language, reading, writing and understanding as a wizardly trait is something that seems somewhat new, and honestly, something long overdue in the fantasy realm.

    REVIEW: Spellwright by Blake Charlton

  • A bibliophile from a young age she has always had an affinity for the genres of science fiction and fantasy.

    Kelly Melcher | Fandomania

  • ROMANO: I didn't even know the word bibliophile before this.

    CNN Transcript Dec 12, 2005

  • Coppins, however, hearing himself described as a bibliophile, and surmising that a bibliophile must be a person of some importance, permitted himself the luxury of remarking that he was a bibliophile -- a forty-third-degree bibliophile.

    Knowledge is Power

  • In fact, what this episode demonstrates is that everyone should read a little Marx, particularly Rob Port, the self-described "bibliophile" who snapped the picture of the White House library during a tour in order to blog his cheap shot.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • Some one has said that "to call a bibliophile a bibliomaniac is to conduct

    Book-Lovers, Bibliomaniacs and Book Clubs

  • a Jewish historian and scholar — the kind of bibliophile his father Isaac was.

    Schwarz 2 - Criticism - Critical Contexts

  • For the bibliophile there are essays on small presses, blogs, ‘the book,’ poetry and fiction, along with the regular roundup of book reviews.

    2009 March 20 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • These may be tough times, but never have they been so filled with bargains for the bibliophile.

    Bargains for Bibliophiles

  • To me, a major bibliophile/word-nerd/all-around enthusiastic reader and book club member, it sounds like heaven.

    Archive 2009-03-01

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