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Meaning of “bible” in the English Dictionary

"bible" in British English

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biblenoun [C or S]

uk   us   /ˈbaɪ.bl̩/
(usually Bible, also Holy Bible) (a ​copy of) the ​holybook of the ​Christianreligion consisting of the Old and New Testaments, or the ​holybook of the ​Jewishreligion consisting of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings: In the Bible it says that ​Adam and ​Eve were the first ​humanbeings. Her ​parents gave her a bible when she was a ​youngchild. Bible-​readingclasses are ​held in the ​churchhall every ​Thursdayevening. a ​book, ​magazine, etc. that gives ​importantadvice and ​information about a ​particularsubject: Vogue ​magazinequicklybecame the bible offashionable women.

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(Definition of bible from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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Biblenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈbɑɪ·bəl/
the ​holy writings of the ​Christianreligion consisting of the ​OldTestament and the New ​Testament, or the ​holy writings of the ​Jewishreligion consisting of the ​Torah and other writings, or a ​bookcontaining either of these sets of writings: [C] Her ​parents gave her a Bible when she was ​young. A Bible is also the ​holy writings of any ​religion. A bible is a ​book that gives ​importantadvice and ​information about a ​particularsubject: [C] The ​magazinebecame the bible of ​fashionable women.
(Definition of Bible from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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