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 To the left, more children’s books are displayed over two bookshelf units, most with Black boys and girls on their covers. Stephanie Casanova,, 28 Dec. 2021 Now the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Press is publishing the results, which deserve space on any Shakespeare fan’s bookshelf. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 These two belong on any cocktail drinker's bookshelf, along with WIRED senior correspondent Adam Rogers's Proof: The Science of Booze. Matt Jancer, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 There is also artwork that can be used year round, a wood serving set for champagne or wine, and an urban bookshelf on wheels that is topped with oversized wood candleholders. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Oct. 2021 The common areas include a library with a bookshelf wall with a ladder and an exercise room, too. cleveland, 17 Dec. 2021 Outside the restaurant’s entrance was a bookshelf with titles by New Orleans authors, including Rice. al, 14 Dec. 2021 Patrons dig the ‘behind the bookshelf’ ambience and all the enchantment that lives behind it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2021 Here, inside a trailer tucked behind Redlands High, sits a bookshelf. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of bookshelf

1648, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jan 2022

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“Bookshelf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookshelf

: a shelf that is used for books

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