[ book-stawl ]

  1. a stand, booth, or stall at which books are sold, usually secondhand.

  2. British. a newsstand.

Origin of bookstall

First recorded in 1790–1800; book + stall1

Words Nearby bookstall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bookstall in a sentence

  • Her maid stood waiting with the jewel-case while she went to the bookstall to buy something to read on the journey.

    December Love | Robert Hichens
  • George had expended six pence in as many old books at a bookstall.

    Sturdy and Strong | G. A. Henty
  • She had worn those accursed beads when his father had approached her by the bookstall that afternoon.

    The Pagan Madonna | Harold MacGrath
  • Other people were near the bookstall, and as these people were obviously leaving Llandudno, Ruth and Nellie felt a certain solace.

  • In a few minutes the bookstall on the platform attracted them as inevitably as a prone horse attracts a crowd.

British Dictionary definitions for bookstall


/ (ˈbʊkˌstɔːl) /

  1. a stall or stand where periodicals, newspapers, or books are sold: US word: newsstand

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