Middle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman librarie, from Old French librairie, from Latin librarium (“bookcase, chest for books”), from librarius (“concerning books”), from liber (“the inner bark of trees, paper, parchment, book”), probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *leub(h) (“to strip, to peel”). Displaced native Middle English bochus, bochous (“library, bookhouse”) (from Old English bōchūs (“library, bookhouse”)).
- (UK) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹəɹɪ/, X-SAMPA: /"laIbr@ri/
- (US) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹɛɹi/, X-SAMPA: /"laIbrEri/
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- (UK, US, nonstandard) IPA: /ˈlaɪbəɹɪ/, X-SAMPA: /"laIb@ri/
library (plural libraries)
- An institution which holds books and/or other forms of stored information for use by the public or qualified people. It is usual, but not a defining feature of a library, for it to be housed in rooms of a building, to lend items of its collection to members either with or without payment, and to provide various other services for its community of users.
- A collection of books or other forms of stored information. An individual may refer to his collection of books and other items as his library.
- An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library
- (computer science) A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.
- False friends of library include French librairie (“bookshop”) ,Italian libreria (“bookshop”) and Portuguese livraria (“bookshop”).
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