from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A partially partitioned nook in or near the stacks in a library, used for private study.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A partially partitioned space for studying or reading, often in a library.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See quarrel, an arrow.
  • n. Same as 4th carol.
  • n. a table partitioned by vertical boards into small areas where an individual may read or study with minimal distraction from activities nearby. They are used especially in libraries. Also, the term is used to refer to one partition of such a table. Related etymologically to the 4th carol.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as quarrel.
  • n. A mixed fabric of silk and worsted used in the sixteenth century.
  • n. [Appar. a ‘square’ inclosure; but cf. carol.] A closet or pew in a monastery.
  • n. Same as carol.
  • n. Same as carol.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small individual study area in a library
  • n. French surgeon and biologist who developed a way to suture and graft blood vessels (1873-1944)


Middle English carole, round dance ring, circle, stall for study; see carol.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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