book·​shelf | \ˈbu̇k-ˌshelf \

Definition of bookshelf 

: an open shelf for holding books

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Simply unscrew the locks on either side of the table, tilt it back up into a bookshelf, tighten it up again, and push it against a wall. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You Need To See How This Bookshelf Transforms Into A Table," 26 Oct. 2018 Consider baskets, bookshelves, drinks trays, and card tables. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Here's How to Pull Off an Eclectic Decorating Style," 17 Aug. 2018 Your beloved succulents deserve a pretty place to be displayed (besides your desk, bookshelf, and bedroom side table, of course). Good Housekeeping, "This DIY Planter Is What Monogrammed Dreams Are Made Of," 15 Aug. 2018 Last year, Shinola released its first pair of bookshelf speakers, which were built completely in-house. Micah Singleton, The Verge, "Shinola made studio-quality speakers for your home," 9 July 2018 The area serves as the backdrop for her YouTube videos and features an entire wall and bookshelf adorned with eccentric fan art and gifts. Arielle Paul,, "My Favorite Room: Colleen Ballinger makes room in her office for Miranda and her YouTube fans," 23 June 2018 Its resources are scant in comparison: Lines of mismatched chairs and shampoo bowls surround tables and bookshelves filled with VHS beauty videos and textbooks that appear to be decades old., "Makeup in Lockup: Beauty, Power, & Danger in Women's Prisons," 2 June 2018 As with much else in the Soviet Union, there was not too much choice on children’s bookshelves. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 7 May 2018 In my room, bookshelves ran the entire length of one wall. Margarita Gokun Silver, Longreads, "The Forever Nomad," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bookshelf

: a shelf that is used for books

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