book·shelf | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌshelf \

Definition of bookshelf 

: an open shelf for holding books

Examples of bookshelf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Before Coors arrived, Nofziger sprinkled some cigar ashes on a thick American Enterprise Institute study resting on his bookshelf. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government," 20 June 2018 His father’s copies of New Scientist magazine were scattered around the house; the bookshelves were filled with books by the likes of Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Darryn King, WIRED, "Director Andrew Niccol Lives in His Own Truman Show (And So Do You)," 4 May 2018 Many copies adorn the bookshelves of family, friends and fans, and serve to keep the memory of Claire alive., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 2018 That book, which Diaz keeps on a bookshelf in her kitchen, protected inside a freezer bag, would become the point of departure for her own cookbook, filled with stories about her Tata and other women in her family. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "A Delicately Sweet and Floral Coconut Pudding for the Summer," 20 June 2018 Having them immortalized on a bookshelf is a close second. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "GQ Editors on the Piece of Clothing They Stole from Dad," 15 June 2018 Growing up, his home was devoid of television, music, the Internet and the Harry Potter and Roald Dahl novels likely to sit on the bookshelves of other kids. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Hasidic 'defectors' find challenges, isolation in pursuing a new life," 13 June 2018 There's a picture that has been on a bookshelf in my childhood bedroom since 1991. Ivy Pochoda,, "Exploring the complex relationships with teen athletes and coaches with Piper Weiss and Ivy Pochoda," 18 May 2018 For now, Harper stays busy with the dogs, with appearances on television and radio, and with promotional appearances for his newest book, The Super Carb Diet, which hit bookshelves in late December. Stephanie Stephens, USA TODAY, "Fitness trainer Bob Harper's dogs provided emotional support during his recovery from a massive heart attack," 22 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bookshelf.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bookshelf

1648, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bookshelf

Statistics for bookshelf

Last Updated

8 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bookshelf

The first known use of bookshelf was in 1648

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bookshelf



English Language Learners Definition of bookshelf

: a shelf that is used for books

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on bookshelf

What made you want to look up bookshelf? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


by word of mouth

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!