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  1. a set of shelves for books.

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Origin of bookcase

First recorded in 1720–30; book + case2

Words Nearby bookcase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bookcase in a sentence

  • Next to his desk, Caro keeps a small bookcase of materials for whatever chapter he is writing.

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

    Can Pulp Win the Booker? | Allen Barra | September 7, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The writer turned to a bookcase and removed a volume in a faded cover that had once been bright with rainbow colors.

    The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
  • Sit down in that corner behind the bookcase and I'll read to you from one of the old poets, Byron, belike.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • With his invincible patience he was waiting now, in her room up-stairs, standing before the bookcase with his back to the door.

    The Creators | May Sinclair
  • Through the open doors she saw him as he turned and wandered to the bookcase and stood there, apparently absorbed.

    The Creators | May Sinclair
  • "Not in plain sight, Ziz," said Wise, and he started moving out a bookcase to look behind it.

    In the Onyx Lobby | Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for bookcase


/ (ˈbʊkˌkeɪs) /

  1. a piece of furniture containing shelves for books, often fitted with glass doors

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