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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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 Each brims with regal details like chandeliers, oil paintings, handicrafts, intricate silver embroidery and plush carpets with enough room to include a mini pantry, library and lounge. Kate Springer, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 Some visitors to the shop struggled to differentiate between a bookstore and a public library, urging the owners to give out the books for free. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 Bella Vista is now a sprawling community of 541 homes, retail space and a library, situated along Oakland Park Boulevard, just east of State Road 7. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Nov. 2021 Salt Lake City Council member Darin Mano wanted the city to buy the building and transform the space into a city library. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 Lower East Side headquarters, the 37-year-old is most likely holed up at a midtown Manhattan library. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2021 The living room connects to a library with built-ins and a bay window. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 The ground floor features a gourmet kitchen equipped with the latest appliances, a cozy library and a billiard room. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2021 The 33-room hotel offers a number of communal spaces, starting with the first floor living room lobby, a library and co-working space, a courtyard garden, and a rooftop bar and restaurant, Terras, with a menu inspired by Latin-American street food. Rachel King, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2021

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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“Library.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/library. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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library

noun

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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