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There is no need to coin new words to describe the exciting life of a book lover. The classic dictionary is full of them.
There are never enough words to describe the life and feelings of a booknerd, but sometimes all you need is open a dictionary and find beautiful words that are either lesser known or long forgotten.
One day, I have visited Merriam-Webster online dictionary and thesaurus to find less popular descriptions of a “book lover.” When I switched to the Unabridged Merriam-Webster Dictionary (which includes also the collegiate dictionary and thesaurus) I have discovered dozens of beautiful words that relate to books, libraries, language, and knowledge.
Do you know what “florilegium” is? What about “exordium,” “sesquipedalian,” or “bibliopegist”?
I realize that in the times of digital books some words, such as “buckram” are less needed for the literari. On the other side, you don’t have to be a double-dome to start using a “shelfback” instead of a book spine or describe your collection of books as “assemblage.”
Which of these bookish classic words do you like the most?
50 classic words for book lovers
noun [ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-lə-tər ] one who is keenly devoted to books
noun a book spine; the edge of a book along which the sections are secured together in binding
plural noun [ ˌli-tə-ˈrä-(ˌ)tē ] persons interested in literature or the arts
noun [ ˈbə-krəm ] a stiff, heavily sized fabric usually used for library bindings
noun [ ˈkȯi-nij ] something (such as a word) made up or invented
noun [ ˌflȯr-ə-ˈlē-j(ē-)əm ] a volume of writings
noun [ ˈbrȯd-ˌsīd ] a sizable sheet of paper printed on one side
noun [ ¦bi-blē-ə-¦je-nə-səs ] production of books
noun [ ˌdā-ˌnü-ˈmäⁿ ] the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work
noun [ par·a·graph·ist ] a writer of paragraphs especially for the editorial page of a newspaper
noun learning acquired from books as distinguished from practical knowledge
adjective [ (ˈ)äm¦niləjənt ] reading or having read everything
noun [ ˈbrāk-ˌfrənt ] a large cabinet or bookcase whose center section projects beyond the flanking end sections
noun [ ¦präˌsāˌver¦bäl ] a detailed written account of things said or done that is official and authenticated
noun [ in-ˈte-lə-jən(t)-sər ] a person employed by a newspaper, magazine, or radio or television station to gather, write, or report news
noun the vocabulary of a language, dialect, or idiolect
noun [ ˈfrən-tə-ˌspēs ] an illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine
noun [ ˌbi-blē-ə-ˈther-ə-pē ] the use of reading materials for help in solving personal problems or for psychiatric therapy
noun [ eg-ˈzȯr-dē-əm ] a short section (as of a book) that leads to or explains the main part
noun [ är-ˈti-kyə-lət-nəs ] the art or power of speaking or writing in a forceful and convincing way
noun [ liŋˈgwipətən(t)s ] mastery of languages
noun [ ˈwər-dē ] a lover of words
noun [ ˈə-tə-rən(t)s ] the style or manner of speaking
noun [ ˈshi-bə-ləth ] a use of language regarded as distinctive of a particular group
noun [ ˈär-(ˌ)gō ] the language used by a particular type or group of people
noun [ ˈdə-bəl-ˌdōm ] a person of superior intelligence
noun [ ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌtaf ] one that hides away or hoards books
adjective [ vər-ˈna-kyə-lər ] using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language
plural noun [ ˌkä-ˌlek-ˈtā-nē-ə ] literary items forming a collection
noun [ ə-ˈsem-blij ] an organized group of objects acquired and maintained for study, exhibition, or personal pleasure
noun [ pə-ˈri-frə-səs ] the use of too many words to express an idea
noun [ ˈmin(t)-strəl-sē ] writing that uses rhythm, vivid language, and often rhyme to provoke an emotional response
noun [ ˈpi-jən ] a simplified speech used for communication between people with different languages
noun [ ¦nävə¦let ] a work with imaginary characters and events that is shorter and usually less complex than a novel
noun [ ¦litərə¦tər ] a person who creates a written work
noun [ ˈfik-sh(ə-)nist ] a writer of fiction; especially novelist
noun [ ˈdi-thi-ˌramz ] a usually short poem in an inspired wild irregular strain
adjective [ ¦inē¦narəbəl ] beyond the power to describe
noun [ ˈvər-bē-ij ] manner of expressing oneself in words
noun [ ˈwərd-ˌsmi-thə-rē ] the skill or craft of working with words
noun [ ˈkra-kər-ˌjak ] a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field
noun [ ˌbi-blē-ə-ˈthē-kə ] a library or collection of books
adjective [ ¦se-skwə-pə-¦dāl-jən ] given to or characterized by the use of long words
noun [ ˈa-krə-ˌlekt ] the language variety of a speech community closest to the standard or prestige form of a language
noun [ ˈpä-lē-ˌmath ] one of encyclopedic learning
noun [ ˈbe-lē-ˌband ] a band that is used as packaging or decoration around a book, magazine, or similar item
noun [ ˈzempləm ] a short narrative used to point a moral or sustain an argument
noun [ ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌpōl ] a dealer in books (such as secondhand, rare, or curious books)
noun [ ˈkä-lə-fən ] an inscription usually placed at the end of a book containing facts relative to its production
noun a graphic or vivid description in words
noun [ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-pə-jist ] one that binds or repairs books
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Coffee and candle warmer with USB charger
This innovative little accessory that guarantees your coffee or tea will be always warm. You can also use it to release the scent from your candle without lighting it. Thanks to USB port, you will be able to charge your phone while reading.
Compact and innovative reading light
From a German brand Nachteule comes a clever book light that you attach not to a book but your reading glasses. It’s so light that you can also clip it to your earphones or hair accessories! The built-in battery will let you read 200 pages.
Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books
An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.