Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “library”

See all translations

library

noun [C] uk   /ˈlaɪ.brər.i/ /-brer.i/ us  
A2 a building, room, or organization that has a collection, especially of books, for people to read or borrow, usually without payment: a public/university library a library book a collection or set of books or other things, all produced in the same style or about the same subject: the Penguin Shakespeare Library
More examples
Translations of “library”
in Korean 도서관…
in Arabic مَكْتَبة…
in French bibliothèque…
in Turkish kütüphane, kitaplık…
in Italian biblioteca…
in Chinese (Traditional) 圖書館, 閱覽室, 文庫…
in Russian библиотека…
in Polish biblioteka…
in Spanish biblioteca…
in Portuguese biblioteca…
in German die Bücherei…
in Catalan biblioteca…
in Japanese 図書館…
in Chinese (Simplified) 图书馆, 阅览室, 文库…
(Definition of library from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of library?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “library” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More