book·​case | \ˈbu̇k-ˌkās \

Definition of bookcase 

: a piece of furniture consisting of shelves to hold books

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The entryway creation is better then wallpaper and takes the idea of a colorful bookcase to the next level. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Want an Instagram-Worthy Rainbow Bookshelf? Here's How to Actually Do It," 24 July 2018 Handmade wicker pendants from Thailand offer an earthy contrast to Mariagroup’s cool steel bookcase. Ian Phillips, WSJ, "A Dull New Apartment Gets an Infusion of Personality," 8 Nov. 2018 An 85-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died after a bookcase fell on top of him at home, according to the disaster management agency. Washington Post, "Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls," 18 June 2018 Six small wooden boxes sit on a bookcase inside the Madison County Humane Society . Traci L. Miller,, "Dog that lived entire life at Indiana shelter became family," 19 May 2018 In one corner, over a pair of low bookcases in light oak, were two paintings: a 16th-century Russian Orthodox icon of St. George slaying the dragon and Othello (1931), by the contemporary artist Christian Bérard. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of bookcase

1698, in the meaning defined above

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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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