library

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noun li·brary \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē, -ˌbre-rē; British usually & US sometimes -brər-ē; US sometimes -brē, ÷-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

Definition of library

plural

libraries

  1. 1 a :  a place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but not for sale b :  a collection of such materials

  2. 2 a :  a collection resembling or suggesting a library b :  morgue 2

  3. 3 a :  a series of related books issued by a publisher b :  a collection of publications on the same subject

  4. 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

Usage Discussion of library

While the pronunciation \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē\ is the most frequent variant in the United States, 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

  1. I borrowed the book from the school library.

  2. He has an impressive library of jazz records.

  3. a library of computer programs

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 century



LIBRARY Defined for English Language Learners

library

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noun li·brary \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē, -ˌbre-rē; British usually & US sometimes -brər-ē; US sometimes -brē, ÷-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

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

library

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noun li·brary \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē\

Definition of library for Students

plural

libraries

  1. 1 :  a place where literary or reference materials (as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but are not for sale

  2. 2 :  a collection of literary or reference materials <They have a large personal library.>


Medical Dictionary

library

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noun li·brary \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē\

Medical Definition of library

plural

libraries

  1. :  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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