[boo k-shelf]

noun, plural book·shelves.

a shelf for holding books, especially one of several shelves in a bookcase.

Origin of bookshelf

First recorded in 1810–20; book + shelf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • I did observe that you did cast a wistful eye upon my bookshelf.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He laid his hand upon a bookshelf, and stood swaying there as if he were about to fall.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • Bell, it said, Bell of my own bookshelf, of all the editors of Shakespeare was the worst.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks

  • Adam had been moving about the room, and stopped before the bookshelf.

  • Phyl turned from them to the bookshelf and the books it contained.

    The Ghost Girl

    H. De Vere Stacpoole