book·​shelf | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌshelf How to pronounce bookshelf (audio) \

Definition of bookshelf

: an open shelf for holding books

Examples of bookshelf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most children’s bookshelves are already filled with the classics. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Gift guide: 5 children's books for the little ones on your holiday shopping list," 26 Nov. 2019 Its stubby frame was only good for sliding under a bookshelf and moving it. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Amazon wants to ship you anything in 30 minutes. It's going to need a lot of robots," 20 Nov. 2019 Halpert often displayed these works among bookshelves and fireplaces in rooms that were warm and inviting, to help buyers imagine the pieces in their own homes. E.b. | New York, The Economist, "Edith Halpert, forgotten champion of American art," 8 Nov. 2019 MarQ has added new categories, including high-tech home and personal audio devices and an AndroidTV streaming box, while Perfect Homes has added new categories like bookshelves and kitchen cabinets. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Sale, sale, sale: India’s online shopping fests are all about “Bharat” this year," 27 Sep. 2019 Stacks of books sit in plastic crates perched atop one another, creating a makeshift bookshelf. Los Angeles Times, "Everyone’s trash is this woman’s treasure," 20 Sep. 2019 Computer speakers are generally smaller and more self-contained than their regular bookshelf brethren, which often come with volume controls, inputs, and outputs built into the speakers themselves instead of a separate receiver. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Computer Speakers to Elevate Your Tunes, Gaming, and Movies," 22 Oct. 2019 Framed pictures of Winnick with world leaders and business elite are interspersed among floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Legendary Bel-Air estate Casa Encantada lists for the highest price in America: $225 million," 16 Oct. 2019 Stephen Clearly also pointed out that Guyger's apartment had a wooden board displaying photos hanging on a wall, a bookshelf in the corner and a small table with a vase of flowers against the wall. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Amber Guyger, white Dallas ex-cop, says she was 'scared to death' when she shot black neighbor Botham Jean," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bookshelf

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bookshelf was in 1648

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1 Dec 2019

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“Bookshelf.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookshelf

: a shelf that is used for books

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