book·​case | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌkās How to pronounce bookcase (audio) \

Definition of bookcase

: a piece of furniture consisting of shelves to hold books

Examples of bookcase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Langbaan, found behind a trick bookcase at the back of Issan hotspot PaaDee, is special in its own regard, a high-concept Thai tasting menu unlike any seen before in America, home to both talented chefs and a famously long waiting list. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Meet Portland’s restaurants of the decade," 29 Dec. 2019 More than 40 championship belts and many more trophies fill several bookcases on the main floor and basement and have spilled onto the floor. Edward Lee,, "Under father’s watchful eye in makeshift gym, Baltimore’s Robinson brothers seeking boxing stardom," 4 Dec. 2019 That’s why a bed, desk, dining room table and chairs, bookcases, a trunk, a TV table and a sleep sofa ended up on Craigslist and Freecycle. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The ad said a kayak was for sale. So what did golf balls have to do with anything?," 3 June 2018 Most of the books in this fine bookcase are like this. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: The case of the missing hidden books," 24 Oct. 2019 There is also a bookcase from his home filled with books from his personal collection. NBC News, "J.D. Salinger exhibit at New York Public Library offers glimpse into reclusive author," 17 Oct. 2019 The architect, who built the house for himself, had a huge collection of books, and a bookcase forms a kind of spine at the center of the home. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "The Designs That Make Selling a Home Much, Much Harder," 20 Dec. 2018 At one point, Gus posted a photo on Instagram: John Womack, looking stern, seated in front of a bookcase and a portrait of Lenin. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Terrence Malick–Lil Peep Connection," 9 Dec. 2019 One is a massive bookcase and another a giant sofa. Steven Sclaroff, New York Times, "What to Do With Your Parents’ Sofa, and Other Answers to Decorating Questions," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bookcase

1698, in the meaning defined above

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8 Feb 2020

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“Bookcase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce bookcase (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bookcase

: a piece of furniture with shelves to hold books


book·​case | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌkās How to pronounce bookcase (audio) \

Kids Definition of bookcase

: a set of shelves to hold books

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