book·​sell·​er ˈbu̇k-ˌse-lər How to pronounce bookseller (audio)
: one that sells books
especially : the proprietor of a bookstore
bookselling noun

Examples of bookseller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The event offers cash awards, medals and other prizes to finalists and winners, which are selected by a team of 25 writers, translators, critics, librarians and booksellers, per the ceremony's official website. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Stroll Main Street to explore everything from an indie bookseller (Main Street Books) to a music store carrying vinyl (Yellow K Records) to a family-run chocolatier (McFarland Candies). Donna M. Owens, Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug. 2023 Amazon, which started as a bookseller in 1994, quickly expanded into selling other products and then opened its platform to third-party sellers. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 Lara Avery's newest book, The Year of Second Chances, is now available at your favorite bookseller. Lara Avery, Good Housekeeping, 15 Aug. 2023 Learn more here, and shop Just Because on hardcover, e-book and audiobook (narrated by the author himself) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, Target, Walmart and other online and brick-and-mortar booksellers. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2023 But perhaps Patchett does need a reintroduction, because along with elevating both the mundane and the magical into literary fiction, she’s become one of America’s most important independent booksellers. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 Founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, the onetime upstart online bookseller has grown into a sprawling conglomerate with tentacles in retail, Hollywood and the foundational infrastructure of the internet. Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Sep. 2023 With mounting signs that the Federal Trade Commission is preparing to file a lawsuit against Amazon for violating antitrust laws, a group of booksellers, authors, and antitrust activists are urging the government to investigate the company’s domination of the book market. Alexandra Alter,, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bookseller was in the 15th century

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“Bookseller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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book·​sell·​er -ˌsel-ər How to pronounce bookseller (audio)
: a person who owns or works in a bookstore

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