1) A horizontal piece of wood, or other material, attached to a wall or set in a frame, designed to hold books, crockery, food etc, a cupboard or cabinet.

1594 two partes of my goodes, the shelfe with all things thereupon which I reserve to my selfe, Lingards

1621 One chest, frames and shelues in the larderhouse 10s, Slaidburn

1638 my part of the shelfe in William Sonniare house, Slaithwaite.

dates 1594 1621

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