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 Chelsea Handler's massive bookshelf is every book lover's dream, and one of her favorite authors is Haruki Murakami. Marie Claire, "Chelsea Handler Shows Us Her Dreamy Bookshelf in 'Shelf Portrait'," 17 Dec. 2020 In the commercial, the man sits halfway, cool-like, on a desk, a bookshelf behind him. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 Every magic-loving kid should have this one on their bookshelf. The Editors, Outside Online, "7 Books That Will Change Anyone's Life," 14 Dec. 2020 On his bookshelf are two books his father passed on to him about operating an electric utility system. al, "Former Huntsville Utilities CEO takes reins of Florida utility service," 14 Dec. 2020 The structures were built from chain link fence, wooden planks, wooden boards, car tires, chunks of wood and an old bookshelf. oregonlive, "Occupation outside North Portland home continues, despite mayor’s condemnation, warning," 9 Dec. 2020 Anybody else's mom secretly slide that into their bookshelf? Marie Claire, "Sydney Sweeney Shares Her Favorite YA Reads in 'Shelf Portrait'," 9 Dec. 2020 Elac is beloved among audiophiles for great-sounding speakers at extraordinarily low prices, and these bookshelf speakers are no exception. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "Our 100+ Favorite Cyber Monday Deals Still Available Today," 1 Dec. 2020 In a seating area, a bookshelf by the Rationalist architect Giulio Zappa is filled with coffee-table books and a collection of Chinese vases. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "This Milan Apartment Is a Master Class on Renovating During a Pandemic," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Bookshelf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookshelf

: a shelf that is used for books

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