Definition of library
1a : a place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (such as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but not for saleb : a collection of such materials a library of jazz recordings
2a : a collection resembling or suggesting a library an illustrations libraryb : morgue 2
3a : a series of related books issued by a publisher a Dickens libraryb : a collection of publications on the same subject
4 : a collection of cloned DNA fragments that are maintained in a suitable cellular environment and that usually represent the genetic material of a particular organism or tissue
How do you pronounce library?
While the pronunciation \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē\ is the most frequent variant in the U.S., the other variants are not uncommon. The contraction \ˈlī-brē\ and the dissimilated form \ˈlī-ˌber-ē\ result from the relative difficulty of repeating \r\ in the same syllable or successive syllables; our files contain citations for these variants from educated speakers, including college presidents and professors, as well as with somewhat greater frequency from less educated speakers.
Examples of library in a Sentence
I borrowed the book from the school library.
He has an impressive library of jazz records.
a library of computer programs
Recent Examples of library from the Web
The club meets from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the library, and new members are welcome.
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The Utah capital’s library system has decided no longer to fine patrons who turn in books late.
Mr. Johnson was at the Fairfax library, too, holding a tote bag full of books.
The public was invited the meet the finalists at a gathering at the central library on March 13.
His last wife, Lydia, successfully won a $60,000 grant in 1899 from Andrew Carnegie to build San Diego’s first public library — and the industrialist’s first such grant west of the Mississippi.
A special visit to that library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove, is definitely in order.
The high ceiling, black marble fireplace and the wall of bookshelves with a library ladder —
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Origin and Etymology of library
Middle English, from Anglo-French librarie, Medieval Latin librarium, from Latin, neuter of librarius of books, from libr-, liber inner bark, rind, book
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
LIBRARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of library for English Language Learners
: a place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow
: a room in a person's house where books are kept
: a collection of similar things (such as books or recordings)
LIBRARY Defined for Kids
Definition of library for Students
1 : a place where literary or reference materials (as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but are not for sale
2 : a collection of literary or reference materials They have a large personal library.
Medical Definition of library
: a collection of cloned DNA fragments that are maintained in a suitable cellular environment and that represent the genetic material of a particular organism or tissue inserting segments from a library of human DNA into yeast cells—Science News
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