book·​store ˈbu̇k-ˌstȯr How to pronounce bookstore (audio)
: a place of business where books are the main item offered for sale

called also bookshop

Examples of bookstore in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bookstore was in 1760

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“Bookstore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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book·​store -ˌstō(ə)r How to pronounce bookstore (audio)
: a store that sells mainly books

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