book·case | \ˈbu̇k-ˌkās \

Definition of bookcase 

: a piece of furniture consisting of shelves to hold books

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The library isn't a big room, and there really aren't walls because of all those bookcases, which form a nice grid but don't give you much opportunity for color. Mimi Read, House Beautiful, "Lindsey Coral Harper on Decorating With Bold Colors," 10 Feb. 2015 The library is framed with bookcases designed in the 1950s by Mongiardino; the walnut desk and chair are Biedermeier, and the velvet sofas are custom. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Once-Crumbling Milan Apartment Now Revels In Maximalist Decor," 13 Mar. 2018 Simply flank your bed with bookcases or shelving units. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Bedroom," 22 Jan. 2018 The sunken living room features nine-foot ceilings, crown molding, and a wall of paneling with custom bookcases on either side of a wood-burning fireplace. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the week: 17 Hickory Lane, West Hartford," 11 Aug. 2017 Another man in his 80s was killed when a bookcase fell on him. Anchorage Daily News, "Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan’s Osaka area kills three, stops factories," 18 June 2018 Throughout the home, features stay thoughtful: The fireplace in the living room has been faced with 19th-century carved Cararra marble from Paris while cerused oak built-in bookcases offer plenty of storage space for good reads. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, ""Shameless" Star Emmy Rossum Sells Her New York City Co-Op For $1.1 Million," 3 Mar. 2017 Sun Juong noticed that Miss Park was standing stock still in front of the bookcase. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 On the bookcase in his office, jars of beans sit side by side with pictures of his son. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bookcase

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bookcase was in 1698

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English Language Learners Definition of bookcase

: a piece of furniture with shelves to hold books


book·case | \ˈbu̇k-ˌkās \

Kids Definition of bookcase

: a set of shelves to hold books

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