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 Gather up your holiday picture books (or get some from the library or bookstore). Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Nov. 2021 The book was more than 40,000 days overdue and could have amassed fines of 2 cents per-day adding up to more than $800, the Boise library said. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 Years ago, newspapers, the library bookmobile and, later, the radio were very important to the Carroll farming community. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 27 Nov. 2021 As part of the new arrangement, Park Circus will continue to act as the repertory sales licensee for the Fox feature film library acquired by Disney in March 2019. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 The library hosts both tours and regular events, so check its calendar and see what piques your interest. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2021 That’s why a defunct, free-to-play racing game could be a great fit for the growing library. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 25 Nov. 2021 The city’s and library’s tax levy is separate from levies for other taxing bodies, like school districts, the park district, township and county. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 25 Nov. 2021 The library expects to get more of the free tests by week's end and officials encouraged people to call in advance about supplies at the Anderson, Covedale, Delhi Township, Downtown, Groesbeck, Harrison, Reading and Symmes Township branches. The Enquirer And Kaiser Health News, The Enquirer, 24 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 1 Dec. 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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