bibliophile

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First attested in 1824. From French bibliophile, from Ancient Greek βιβλίον ‎(biblíon, paper, document, tablet) + φίλος ‎(phílos, beloved). Surface analysis biblio- +‎ -phile.

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bibliophile ‎(plural bibliophiles)

  1. One who loves books.
    • 2013 September 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], page R28:
      [A] savage passage of 14th-century invective about the text-obsessed nerdiness of the Florentine bibliophile and friend of Petrarch, Niccolò Niccoli ...
  2. One who collects books, not necessarily due to any interest in reading them.

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