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[boo k-keys] /ˈbʊkˌkeɪs/
a set of shelves for books.
Origin of bookcase
1720-30; book + case2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bookcase
  • While you are there, take a photo of your bookcase and post it.
  • It would take a mighty large bookcase to contain all of the works on pragmatism published over the last two decades.
  • There were books everywhere, not a wall without a bookcase.
  • He's hanging his diploma on a nail banged into the wall over his bookcase.
  • He would whip out a belt-mounted computer, unsling his rucksack, and scan the bookcase in one quick motion.
  • He stood with his arms folded and leaned easily against the bookcase in the library.
  • They got a bookcase, filled it with books and told me to sit there and read all the time with no other feedback.
  • The top of a bookcase would work, as would any high surface.
  • And my father, who used to build furniture, has built a bookcase in their dining room that is a sort of shrine to my fiction.
  • There was a bookcase and a worktable with piles of manuals, scraps from notebooks, and rolled-up fragments of yellow paper tape.
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
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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
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