from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lover of books.
  • noun A collector of books.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A lover of books. Sometimes written bibliophil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A lover of books.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who loves books.
  • noun One who obsessively collects books, not necessarily due to any interest in reading them.

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

  • noun someone who loves (and usually collects) books


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First attested in 1824. From French bibliophile, from Ancient Greek βιβλιο- (biblio-, "of or pertaining to books") + φίλος (philos, "beloved").



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  • Someone who loves books

    December 22, 2010

  • "someone who abuses new books"

    December 22, 2010

  • There isn't even an agreed upon term for multi-book readers. There are bibliophiles — lovers of books. There are bibliotaphs — hoarders of books, with the intent of keeping the books out of the hands of others. There's even a word for people who like to read in bed — librocubicularist. But no succinct way of summing up the act of reading more than one book at at time.

    But that doesn't mean the internet hasn't tried to come up with a term on their own. I've seen "parallel readers" (recently suggested in a Quora forum). "Polynarritivus," from a Bookstr article last year. And "poly-reader," from a 2010 NPR piece.

    Maddy Foley, How to Read More Than One Book at a Time, According to Reddit Users Who Do It, Bustle (Sept. 6, 2018)

    September 11, 2018