bookend

[ boo k-end ]
/ ˈbʊkˌɛnd /

noun

a support placed at the end of a row of books to hold them upright, usually used in pairs.
one of two things occurring or located at either end of something else: two events that served as bookends to my career.

verb (used with object)

to occur or be located at the beginning and end of: His term in office was bookended by crises.

Nearby words

  1. bookbinding,
  2. bookcase,
  3. bookcraft,
  4. bookcrossing,
  5. booked up,
  6. booker,
  7. booker prize,
  8. bookie,
  9. booking,
  10. booking agent

Origin of bookend

First recorded in 1905–10; book + end1

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