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

Definition of bookshelf

: an open shelf for holding books

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My bookshelf was stuffed with titles such as The Goths,A History of the Ostrogoths, and Narses, Hammer of the Goths. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Our weekend home is up for sale, so two households worth of books have to be consolidated on one set of bookshelves. Ron Grossman,, "Collecting facts is an addiction — did you know that?," 19 July 2019 In the mid-1990s, the senior center was attached to the township public library — really just a room off to the side of the bookshelves. Vinny Vella,, "In Bucks County, a decade-old bocce rivalry between officials, seniors 'brings people together'," 20 June 2018 Fiona the hippo has almost certainly been in your fridge, on your television, on your bookshelf or even on your body. Mallorie Sullivan,, "Brace yourselves: A hippo emoji is coming to your smartphone this year," 9 Feb. 2018 To this day, on my bookshelf there stands an elegant little bottle, with two objects visible inside. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 Where to Begin will hit bookshelves Oct. 8, and EW is exclusively revealing the cover — and offering up behind-the-scenes details from Wade herself. Seija Rankin,, "Exclusive: Cleo Wade reveals the cover for her new book Where to Begin," 23 July 2019 The previous tenant had her full bed pushed up against the shortest wall next to the window, a piano keyboard and bookshelves squeezed snuggly next to it, and just enough space for a tall dresser to stand at the foot of the bed before the door. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "What It's Actually Like to Work With Modsy, the $69 Digital Design Service," 22 July 2019 Since Amazon accounts for 34 percent of online furniture purchases, there’s already a huge audience ready and willing to shop for beds and bookshelves online. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Amazon sunk its talons into your home," 12 July 2019

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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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