Meaning of “bible” in the English Dictionary

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"bible" in British English

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biblenoun [ C or S ]

uk /ˈbaɪ.bəl/ us /ˈbaɪ.bəl/

usually Bible, also Holy Bible (a copy of) the holy book of the Christian religion consisting of the Old and New Testaments, or the holy book of the Jewish religion consisting of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings:

In the Bible it says that Adam and Eve were the first human beings.
Her parents gave her a bible when she was a young child.
Bible-reading classes are held in the church hall every Thursday evening.

a book, magazine, etc. that gives important advice and information about a particular subject:

Vogue magazine quickly became the bible of fashionable women.

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  • According to the Bible, an angel told Mary that she would have God's son Jesus.
  • In some countries, witnesses in court have to swear on the Bible.
  • He's always quoting from the Bible.
  • The Bible says that God created the world.
  • It is difficult for many people to accept a literal interpretation of the Bible.

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

"Bible" in American English

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Biblenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈbɑɪ·bəl/

the holy writings of the Christian religion consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament, or the holy writings of the Jewish religion consisting of the Torah and other writings, or a book containing 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 important advice and information about a particular subject:

[ C ] The magazine became the bible of fashionable women.

(Definition of “Bible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)