book·​store | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌstȯr How to pronounce bookstore (audio) \

Definition of bookstore

: a place of business where books are the main item offered for sale

called also bookshop

Examples of bookstore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In October, the bookstore and coffee shop at the Southlake megachurch were shut down after multiple staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Gateway Church will host funeral for Southlake police officer, limited to 1,200 mourners," 8 Dec. 2020 Emily Powell, the bookstore’s owner and president, said Monday that the Home & Garden store represents a particular loss. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Powell’s permanently closes its Home & Garden store on Hawthorne," 7 Dec. 2020 Once the bookstore was secured, Mr. Coles enlisted his mother’s help. New York Times, "The Start of a New Chapter in Their Favorite Bookstore," 6 Dec. 2020 The strongest supporting players in this series are New York City landmarks, including the Strand bookstore and McSorley’s Old Ale House. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Space comedy 'Moonbase 8' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week," 6 Nov. 2020 People came from all around to spend time in the pretty little bookstore in Montrose, buying books and cards and toys. Los Angeles Times, "Column: America’s oldest children’s bookstore is struggling in the pandemic. But there’s hope," 27 Oct. 2020 While the newfound spotlight is definitely trending in the right direction, the long-term sustainability of an indie bookstore during a global pandemic remains yet to be seen, as shops around the world are crying out for help. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Legendary Paris Bookshop Shakespeare and Company Needs Your Help — Here's How to Save It," 9 Nov. 2020 Powell’s came up with the idea for Powell’s by Powell’s after an online survey revealed that the bookseller’s customers missed the unique smell of the bookstore, Fox 12 reported Wednesday. oregonlive, "Powell’s by Powell’s fragrance offers smell of beloved Portland bookstore in one-ounce bottle," 29 Oct. 2020 Phillips-Pea and a group of local artists called Southeast Art Team are painting a mural that depicts businesses the community would like to see in the neighborhood — a coffee shop, a bookstore, a retail shop and a club for artists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Residents trying to revitalize a San Diego community call it “The Four Corners of Life”," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bookstore

1760, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2021

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“Bookstore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookstore

chiefly US : a store that sells books

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