[boo k-keys]


a set of shelves for books.


Origin of bookcase

First recorded in 1720–30; book + case2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bookcase

Contemporary Examples of bookcase

  • My copy lies in back of a bookcase where I threw it in frustration before I got to page 100.

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    Can Pulp Win the Booker?

    Allen Barra

    September 7, 2011

Historical Examples of bookcase

  • Get that old French dictionary out of the bookcase downstairs, will you?

  • 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.


    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

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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