- A book.(Obs)
- The Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament; as, King James's Bible; Douay Bible; Luther's Bible . Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews; as, a rabbinical Bible .
- A book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan Bible .
- (Fig.)a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field.
Etymology: F. bible, L. biblia, pl., fr. Gr. bibli`a, pl. of bibli`on, dim. of bi`blos by`blos, book, prop. Egyptian papyrus