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[boo k-keys] /ˈbʊkˌkeɪs/
a set of shelves for books.
Origin of bookcase
First recorded in 1720-30; book + case2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Get that old French dictionary out of the bookcase downstairs, will you?

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • She looked at the bookcase lovingly, as if she was saying farewell to the past.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • At that moment Blaine stepped from behind the bookcase and confronted him.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • He had returned to the armchair in the shadow of the bookcase.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • We'll read to you, too, the whole Bible, and all the books in the bookcase beside!

    The Little Nightcap Letters. Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • Suggested by a copy of his poems in a West Highland bookcase.

  • He had returned to the arm-chair in the shadow of the bookcase.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • He noticed her eyeing the book, and got up to put it back in the bookcase.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Fronting the bookcase was the biggest table that Cassy had ever seen.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for bookcase


a piece of furniture containing shelves for books, often fitted with glass doors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bookcase

1726, from book (n.) + case (n.2). An Old English word for this was bocfodder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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