book·​case ˈbu̇k-ˌkās How to pronounce bookcase (audio)
: a piece of furniture consisting of shelves to hold books

Examples of bookcase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The staircase connecting the bedrooms — which are stacked floor by floor — doubles as a bookcase; in place of windows are narrow slits of horizontal glass, cut to precisely frame Lake Avándaro in the distance. Suleman Anaya Fabian Martinez, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Add a bit of organization to your home office with this Hashtag Home geometric bookcase that’s sure to make a statement. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 And the brunch was a celebratory affair: Quavo posed with GloRilla near a giant bookcase; Madelyn Cline and Lukas Gage chatted with friends on the patio; and SZA and her family celebrated with Hilfiger and members of the team. Waiss Aramesh, Rolling Stone, 11 Sep. 2023 Not surprisingly, there’s an impressive library that is decked out with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and showcases a window that’s believed to be part of a World War II fighter plane. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 5 Sep. 2023 Don’t just lock doors, barricade them with desks, bookcases — anything big and heavy. Marissa Vonesh, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2023 Get creative with room separators, opting for screens, benches, or even a tall bookcase. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 31 Aug. 2023 The visiting manager’s office at Nationals Park has an anteroom with a couch, a small coffee table, and a bookcase. Peter Abraham,, 19 Aug. 2023 Utilize a Blanket Ladder Ladder bookcases are a great way to maximize vertical space, and a blanket ladder can have the same effect in a living room or den. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bookcase was in 1698

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“Bookcase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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book·​case ˈbu̇k-ˌkās How to pronounce bookcase (audio)
: a set of shelves to hold books
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