Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A collection of books; a library.
  • n. A catalog of books.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A library.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A library.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A library; a place to keep books; a collection of books.
  • n. The Bible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a collection of books

Etymologies

Latin bibliothēca, from Greek bibliothēkē : biblio-, biblio- + thēkē, case; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin bibliotheca. See bibliotheke. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At first his superiors commissioned him to edit the "bibliotheca" (Myriobiblion) of Photius.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Note 18: Ebrard of Béthune, Liber antiheresis (written before 1212), in Maxima bibliotheca veterum patrum 224, 1525 — 84. back

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • Opera omnia ¦ haetenus edita auctor ante obitum recensuit ¦ posthuma vero, totius naturae explicationem complectentia, in lucem nunc primum prodeunt ex bibliotheca ¦ Henrici-Ludovici-Haberti Mon-Morii ¦ [Accessit Samuelis Sorberii praefatio, in qua de vita et moribus Petri Gassendi disseritur.]

    Pierre Gassendi

  • Besides private libraries, each large Mosque had its bibliotheca, every MS. of which was marked with the word “Wakf” (entailed bequest), or

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Apud desidiosissimos ergo videbis quicquid orationum historiarumque est, tecto tenus exstructa loculamenta; jam enim inter balnearia et thermas bibliotheca quoque ut necessarium domus ornamentum expolitur.

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • Aiming at historical fulness and fidelity, we turned to our national bibliotheca at the British Museum, where we fished out of the vasty deep of treasures a MS. without date or name.

    Moon Lore

  • 'Pellibus exiguis artatur Livius ingens, quem mea non totum bibliotheca capit.'

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • The sacred edifice, completely in their hands, was soon laid waste; they broke down the altars, destroyed the monuments, and -- much will the bibliophile deplore it -- set fire to their immense library "_ingens bibliotheca_," maliciously tearing into pieces all their valuable and numerous charters, evidences, and writings.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages

  • "Similiter et de libris, quorum magna in bibliotheca sua copiam congregavit: statuit ut ab iis qui eos habere uellet, justo pretio redimeretur, pretin in pauperes erogaretur."

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages

  • Besides several _Biblia optima in duobus voluminibus_, or complete copies of the Bible, many separate books of the inspired writers are noted down; indeed the catalogue lays before us a superb array of fine biblical treasures, rendered doubly valuable by copious and useful glossaries; and embracing many a rare Hebrew MS. Bible, _bibliotheca hebraice_, and precious commentary.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages

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