book·​sell·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌse-lər How to pronounce bookseller (audio) \

Definition of bookseller

: one that sells books especially : the proprietor of a bookstore

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bookselling \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌse-​liŋ How to pronounce bookselling (audio) \ noun

Examples of bookseller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Swedish diplomat, Anna Lindstedt, was accused of overstepping the boundaries of her role by arranging what prosecutors said were secret backroom meetings over the fate of a Hong Kong bookseller and Swedish citizen who remains detained in China. Marc Santora,, "Sweden’s ex-ambassador to China is cleared of wrongdoing," 10 July 2020 The deal puts Amazon, which has grown rapidly from its start as an online bookseller 25 years ago, in competition with Google’s self-driving technology spinoff called Waymo, and General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit. Washington Post, "Amazon looks to self-driving future by acquiring Zoox," 26 June 2020 In the book, not long after the protagonist, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw, compiles a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, the FBI comes knocking on his door investigating a series of murders that are eerily similar. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift? 6 books to get dads and father figures," 20 June 2020 MacKenzie's garage in Seattle as an online bookseller. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "How CNN reported about online shopping before Amazon was a thing: Did you know there were so many kinds of jeans?," 1 June 2020 Wildgeese Bookshop, the beloved bookseller in downtown Franklin, could have opened its doors May 4. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Some Indiana businesses can reopen, but aren't yet. Here's why.," 1 June 2020 At the time, many booksellers weren’t keen on stocking these titles, considering them perhaps too new-agey. Priyanka Malhotra, Quartz India, "The story of Delhi’s iconic bookstore that lost its battle against Covid-19," 9 June 2020 Winning bidders donated their funds directly to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), an organization dedicated to supporting independent booksellers. NBC News, "#Creators4Comics charity campaign raises more than $430,000," 1 May 2020 The benefactor behind a mystery $310,000 donation to a charity supporting independent booksellers in the UK and Ireland has been unmasked. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, April 24," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bookseller

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2020

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“Bookseller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookseller

: a person or company that sells books

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