book·​shelf | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌshelf \

Definition of bookshelf

: an open shelf for holding books

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Every wall of the Boomerang Bookshop minibus has been converted to bookshelves. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels," 8 Jan. 2019 Photo: kyodo/Reuters Detainees such as Mr. Ghosn stay in a room measuring about 80 square feet, equipped with a washstand, a small bookshelf, a toilet and a small table. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Can Ghosn Be Detained Indefinitely? Yes, Unless He Confesses," 10 Dec. 2018 Vacations are some of the best times to catch up on all of those books sitting unread on our bookshelves—chalk it up to those eight-hour flights, long train rides, and that inbox not pinging constantly with work emails. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Books We Traveled With This Year: Women Who Travel Podcast," 24 Dec. 2018 In reality, the first installment of the mega-popular novels hit bookshelves ten years ago and the first movie adaptation premiered in theaters back in 2012. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Where the "Hunger Games" Stars Are Today," 14 Sep. 2018 Now, some 45 years after the author’s death, his son Christopher has announced that The Fall of Gondolin will hit bookshelves as a standalone novel for the first time this August. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "One of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Earliest Middle Earth Stories Will Be Published as a Novel," 18 Apr. 2018 Here, Cortney shares five other tips for upgrading your bookshelf. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "5 Brilliant Ways to Upgrade Your Bookshelf," 20 Sep. 2018 This is true of my wardrobe, my apartment (my decor style is closer to your grandma’s attic than the curated bookshelves on Instagram), and my skin care routine. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "CosRX's Snail Essence Gave Me the Dewiest Skin of My Life," 3 Dec. 2018 The bookshelves are loaded with books, and the buildings are full of amenities. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "WeWork is tracking how much its members drink during the workday," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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