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 Assouline Custom Travel Library Become the ultimate armchair jetsetter with an in-home custom library fully designed, sourced, and stocked by Proper and Martine Assouline of the famed publishing house. Marykate Boylan, Town & Country, "Make All Your Holiday Dreams Come True with Neiman Marcus's 2020 Fantasy Gifts," 13 Nov. 2020 The library will have face masks available for any customer who enters the building without one. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "No gaiters allowed at Cuyahoga County Public Library, in effort to stop coronavirus," 13 Nov. 2020 Another 19 asked for access to the phone's camera, 10 asked for microphone access, and nine asked for access to the phone's photo library. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The iOS Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield," 13 Nov. 2020 The library is working with the county Department of Health to contact those who may have been exposed. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Arbutus library branch closed after employee tests positive for coronavirus," 13 Nov. 2020 Staff will reevaluate the situation a week before then to determine if the library should reopen. Kaitlin Edquist, chicagotribune.com, "Northbrook library closes to public as COVID-19 cases rise, including a positive case among staff," 13 Nov. 2020 Currently the library contains roughly 10,000 books, which all came from John Rylands Library at Manchester University. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Inside Princess Diana's Childhood Home," 13 Nov. 2020 Until the coronavirus shuttered the UCSB library, each month its archivists posted hundreds of otherwise unheard acoustic recordings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "A temple of sound awaits in the UCSB’s collection of early music and sound recordings," 12 Nov. 2020 Surveillance video from the public library, for example, was recorded from about 100 yards away from the shooting, Hearon said. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "What the Dreasjon Reed investigation revealed: Video, audio tracks and gun analysis," 12 Nov. 2020

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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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Library.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/library. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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