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

Synonyms

archive

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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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Teen Game Club: Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy playing games with your friends; use library games or bring your own. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 7 June 2019 Booker has also been incorporated into class lessons outside of library time at the elementary school. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Georgia Students Improving Reading Skills with Help from Adorable Doggy Teacher Mr. Booker T. Pug," 7 June 2019 Proceeds go toward library programs and books Visit friendsoftherblibrary.org. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democratic Club hosts Campa-Najjar... community events this weekend," 7 June 2019 But that launched a career of composing more than 200 published choral works found in church-choir libraries across the land. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Prolific church composer Jane Marshall inspired generations with her music," 6 June 2019 Most of the other noises featured in these videos sound as if they were lifted straight from GarageBand’s sound effects library. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "YouTube Has Kid Troubles Because Kids Are a Core Audience," 6 June 2019 Plus, the cards work at all Houston public libraries. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Free Libraries in Houston Barbershops Encourage Kids to Read," 5 June 2019 Apple is retiring the Mac version of its nearly 20-year-old music listening and library app, the company announced Monday at WWDC, its annual conference for software developers. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Apple Is Pulling the Plug on iTunes. So What Happens to All Your Music?," 4 June 2019 For those who prefer to stick with paper, stop by the library to sign up for the summer library challenge 2019 and pick up the materials. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Westlake library summer challenge goes digital for first time," 3 June 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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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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