Bible /ˈbʌɪb(ə)l/


I. noun

1. ( the Bible) the Christian scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments.

[as modifier]

Bible stories.
Bible study.
2. ( the Bible) the Jewish scriptures, consisting of the Torah or Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa or Writings.
3. (also bible) a copy of the Christian or Jewish scriptures.
4. a particular edition or translation of the Bible

the New English Bible.
5. ( bible)
‹informal› a book regarded as authoritative in a particular sphere

a brand-new edition of this filmgoers’ bible.
– origin Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek (ta) biblia ‘(the) books’, from biblion ‘book’, originally a diminutive of biblos ‘papyrus, scroll’, of Semitic origin.

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