library

noun
li·​brary | \ ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē How to pronounce library (audio) , -ˌbre-rē; British usually and US sometimes -brə-rē; British often and US sometimes -brē, nonstandard -ˌber-ē, nonstandard -ˌbe-rē How to pronounce library (audio) \
plural libraries

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 sale
b : a collection of such materials a library of jazz recordings
2a : a collection resembling or suggesting a library an illustrations library
3a : a series of related books issued by a publisher a Dickens library
b : 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

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Synonyms for library

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How do you pronounce library?: Usage Guide

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
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Recent Examples on the Web The grant was one of 32 NEH Challenge grants awarded to increase public and private investment in museums, libraries and cultural centers across the country. Robin Goist, cleveland, "National Endowment for the Arts awards grant to Kent State for May 4, 1970 augmented reality project," 17 Jan. 2020 Last fall’s California wildfires did about $500,000 in damage around the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, home to the Gipper’s library and famous museum. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Buzz: Trump silent vote is ‘on steroids,’ J. David Patterson to Pentagon, Trump hotel sale scrambles fans," 13 Jan. 2020 This program is offered at 35 sites in the Houston area in various libraries and community centers. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "AARP Tax-Aide to man four sites in Katy," 10 Jan. 2020 Changes to Facebook’s online library of ads and to user controls over advertising will arrive in the coming months, Leathern wrote. NBC News, "Democrats vow to beat Trump on Facebook after it declines to rein in political ads," 10 Jan. 2020 And cheers to the new 20s—to language, to new worlds, to meeting new friends without leaving home; cheers to libraries and booksellers and to making Reese Witherspoon and Oprah proud. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "The Best Books of 2020 (So Far)," 9 Jan. 2020 This new home features a white façade, double metal-and-glass front doors and formal rooms with fireplaces, as well as a two-story library and a first-floor master suite. Dallas News, "Firm again leads in Park Cities’ sales," 5 Jan. 2020 He's written several books, including Ice: A Memoir and The Ice Opinion, and he has also given many lectures at American prisons, high schools, libraries, and colleges over the past decade. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "What Is Ice-T's Net Worth? Here's How Much the Rapper Actually Makes," 1 Jan. 2020 Attendance was sparse at the second and third meetings, but SAISD also surveyed more than 100 families at the Lanier High School homecoming game, the public library and at small gatherings in neighborhood homes, Choudhury said. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s troubled Rodriguez Elementary School is converting to Montessori and dual language," 26 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'library.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of library

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for library

Middle English, from Anglo-French librarie, Medieval Latin librarium, from Latin, neuter of librarius of books, from libr-, liber inner bark, rind, book

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The first known use of library was in the 14th century

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Library.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/library. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for library

library

noun
How to pronounce library (audio) How to pronounce library (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of library

: 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

noun
li·​brary | \ ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē How to pronounce library (audio) \
plural libraries

Kids Definition of library

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.

library

noun
li·​brary | \ ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē How to pronounce library (audio) \
plural libraries

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 cellsScience News

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