noun \-ˌkās\

: a piece of furniture with shelves to hold books

Full Definition of BOOKCASE

:  a piece of furniture consisting of shelves to hold books

First Known Use of BOOKCASE



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Piece of furniture fitted with shelves, formerly often enclosed by doors. In early times the ambry, or wall cupboard, was used to hold books. Bookcases were included in the medieval fittings of college libraries in Britain. The earliest dated domestic examples were made of oak in 1666 for the diarist Samuel Pepys.


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