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June 9th, 2019

Sunday Word: Bibliophile

bibliophile [bib-lee-uh-fahyl, -fil ]
noun:

1 A person who collects or has a great love of books, a bookworm

2 A lover of books especially for qualities of format; a person who collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like.

Examples:

The truth every bibliophile knows: Reading is so much more than flipping through pages. (Kelsey Kloss, Book Bento Is Every Bookworm's Dream Come True, Elle)

But purchasing a book bound in leather, specifically, poses a dilemma to bibliophiles who have ethical quandaries about supporting such a tome. (Mika McKinnon, This Book Is Bound in Lab-Grown Jellyfish Leather, Smithsonian)

To serve the bibliophile we present such data as we have been able to collect it with regard to the various editions of his works. (Herbert Clark Hoover and Herbert Clark Hoover (Editors): Georgius Agricola, De Re Metallica)

And just because... 75 Signs That You Might be a Bibliophile

Origin:

Early 19th century: from French, from Greek biblion 'book' + philos 'loving'. (Oxford English Dictionary - which gives synonym bibliomaniac, bibliomane and bibliolater )


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