Definition of bookend in English:


Syllabification: book·end
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝okˌend


  • A support for the end of a row of books to keep them upright, often one of a pair.
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    • She's as strong and likable a female character as Davy is a male hero, making this a perfect bookend to book one.
    • On the wall above the window ran a short bookshelf, where lack of space had forced Wilhelm and me to jam all of our old books between two brass bookends.
    • On the window ledge oak bookends supported a small library.


[with object] (usually be bookended) • informal Back to top  
  • Occur or be positioned at the end or on either side of (something): the narrative is bookended by a pair of incisive essays
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    • The album is bookended on the other side by two versions of Slagger, a twisted groove topped by an unhinged rap.
    • They've also discovered the power of strings, bookending the album with sparse, poignant chamber quartet arrangements.
    • Two shows, both alike in style, are bookending the coming week at Epsom Playhouse, starting with a one-man show and ending with a solo female play.

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