Definition of bookshelf in English:



  • A shelf on which books can be stored.

    • ‘You walk in, and there are rows and rows of books on tall dusty bookshelves.’
    • ‘I may have to raid my parent's bookshelves for a book to donate as I forgot to bring one from home today.’
    • ‘Picking a book from her bookshelf, she settled down into her bed and began to read.’
    • ‘There was a lovely black fireplace and a tall bookshelf filled with books and small ornaments.’
    • ‘Joan had found a nice spot on the floor to sit, leaning her back towards a bookshelf full of law books.’
    • ‘Zoe rearranged the books in her bookshelves in alphabetical order and emptied her pencil sharpeners.’
    • ‘An entire wall was covered by bookshelves filled with books that she had picked up during her raids.’
    • ‘I actually had to restrain myself from going through my bookshelves and covering every uncovered book.’
    • ‘I took a seat by the window, near a bookshelf, with a few books on it and looked at the wallpaper hanging off the wall.’
    • ‘The reviewer would want this book on his bookshelf as a reference on any number of topics.’
    • ‘The next room she tried was the nursery; picture books sat in small bookshelves against the wall.’
    • ‘The book was leaving the bookshelves faster than the printers could produce new copies.’
    • ‘I was sorting out the books on Beth's bookshelves to make more room for our junk when I found her copy of the highway code.’
    • ‘If you didn't keep books on your bookshelf, what else do you think you might do with it?’
    • ‘The books from the bookshelf was all over the room, papers scattered from the books.’
    • ‘He glanced over at the book on my bookshelf that he'd read a page from and smiled knowingly.’
    • ‘He had a lot of books on his bookshelf, a small TV, and a computer in the corner of his room.’
    • ‘There was a desk in one corner with a computer on it and there was also a bookshelf with lots of books on it.’
    • ‘It has taken a long time for this book to reach the bookshelves but it has been well worth the wait.’
    • ‘He had a wonderful time perusing all the bookshelves and bought several books.’
    ledge, bracket, sill, rack
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