Meaning of “bookshop” in the English Dictionary

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"bookshop" in British English

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bookshopnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʊk.ʃɒp/ us /ˈbʊk.ʃɑːp/ mainly UK US usually bookstore,

A2 a shop or website where books are sold


  • I work three mornings a week at the bookshop.
  • Which bookshop has the largest selection of EFL materials?
  • The new edition is now available in all major bookshops.
  • She has built up a chain of 180 bookshops across the country.
  • There are several good bookshops in town where I'm sure you could buy a world atlas.

Examples from literature

  • Books may then be ordered through your local bookshop. 
  • Browse second-hand bookshops in your area. 
  • I also look around second-hand bookshops. 
  • The other day, in company with two like-minded innocents, we visited a bookshop on John Street where we found three battered copies of this great book, and each bought one, with shouts of joy. 
  • We descended in force on the bookshop and grabbed every copy in stock. 
  • Yet he loved books, and he would loiter about bookshops, pricing first editions, and talking poetry to the patrons. 

(Definition of “bookshop” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bookshop" in Business English

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bookshopnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʊkʃɒp/ us UK US bookstore, /ˈbʊkstɔːr/ COMMERCE

a store that sells books:

'Running a second-hand bookshop is a guaranteed commercial failure,' he said

(Definition of “bookshop” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)