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 PNW early childhood education program connects its students with hands-on learning experiences at area schools, libraries and community agencies serving children and their families.
Abdullah sees the Bessemer library as a safe haven in the community.
The library recently launched the Career Online High School and five scholarships to make the high school degree and career certificate program affordable.
The county paid to transform the building into a library, and area residents raised more than $340,000 to stock it.
During every season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the tradition of Paris Is Burning, Mama Ru opens up the library.
Days later, militants broke into the University of Mosul’s library.
Parents have complained about long lunch lines and limited student opportunity for library visits.
Stop by the library and/or sign up on online: nafclibrary.beanstack.org.
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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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