noun (plural -braries) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French librarie, Medieval Latin librarium, from Latin, neuter of librarius of books, from libr-, liber inner bark, rind, book Date: 14th century 1. a. a place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but not for sale b. a collection of such materials 2. a. a collection resembling or suggesting a library <
a library of computer programs
wine library
b. morgue 2 3. a. a series of related books issued by a publisher b. a collection of publications on the same subject 4. a collection of cloned DNA fragments that are maintained in a suitable cellular environment and that usually represent the genetic material of a particular organism or tissue Usage: While the pronunciation \ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē\ is the most frequent variant in the U.S., the other variants are not uncommon. The contraction \ˈlī-brē\ and the dissimilated form \ˈlī-ˌber-ē\ result from the relative difficulty of repeating \r\ in the same syllable or successive syllables; our files contain citations for these variants from educated speakers, including college presidents and professors, as well as with somewhat greater frequency from less educated speakers.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Library — Li bra*ry (l[imac] br[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {Libraries} ( r[i^]z). [OE. librairie, F. librairie bookseller s shop, book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire bookseller, L. librarius, from liber book; cf. libraria bookseller s shop, librarium… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • library — ► NOUN (pl. libraries) 1) a building or room containing a collection of books and periodicals for use by the public or the members of an institution. 2) a private collection of books. 3) a collection of films, recorded music, etc., organized… …   English terms dictionary

  • library — [lī′brer΄ē, lībrər ē; ] also, though usually regarded as nonstandard, [lī′bər ē] n. pl. libraries [ME librarie < OFr < libraire, copyist < L librarius, n., transcriber of books, adj., of books < liber, a book, orig. inner bark or rind …   English World dictionary

  • Library —   [engl.], Bibliothek …   Universal-Lexikon

  • library — place for books, late 14c., from Anglo Fr. librarie, O.Fr. librairie collection of books (14c.), noun use of adj. librarius concerning books, from L. librarium chest for books, from liber (gen. libri) book, paper, parchment, originally the inner… …   Etymology dictionary

  • library — /laibrari, ingl. ˈlaɪbrərɪ/ s. f. inv. (elab.) libreria …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • library — *museum, archives, treasury, gallery …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • library — [n] book repository athenaeum, atheneum, bibliotheca, book collection, book room, information center, media center, reference center, study; concept 435 …   New thesaurus

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  • library — /luy brer ee, breuh ree, bree/, n., pl. libraries. 1. a place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or… …   Universalium

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