book·​mark | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌmärk How to pronounce bookmark (audio) \

Definition of bookmark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or bookmarker \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌmär-​kər How to pronounce bookmarker (audio) \ : a marker for finding a place in a book
2 : a menu entry or icon on a computer that is usually created by the user and that serves as a shortcut to a previously viewed location (such as an Internet site)


bookmarked; bookmarking; bookmarks

Definition of bookmark (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to create a computer bookmark for bookmark a website

Examples of bookmark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Earn prizes from bookmarks to restaurant certificates, and be entered into drawings for more. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer programs are ready for readers," 26 June 2019 Inside the entryway in front of the fellowship hall, organizations offer mountains of free stickers, bookmarks, bracelets and t-shirts alongside sign-up sheets for events like Knoxville's Pride parade. Delaney Strunk, CNN, "How a diversity prom allows LGBTQ students to be their authentic selves," 23 June 2019 This app offers responsive and PDF views, bookmarks, the ability to search across all issues, variable font size for easy reading, and social media sharing. The New York Review of Books, "Subscribing to The New York Review of Books App," 17 June 2019 In advance of what's sure to be many major style moments, peruse (and probably bookmark) the slideshow of looks ahead. Landon Peoples,, "Only Selena Gomez Could Pull Off Pajamas And Heels On The Red Carpet," 13 June 2019 Parchment paper can be used as craft paper, wrapping paper, a paint palette, a bookmark, a child’s placemat, a prep station for chopping veggies, and so much more. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Here's Why You Should Be Using Parchment Paper Instead of Wax Paper," 29 May 2019 This task has traditionally been accomplished by everything from the traditional browser bookmark, to note-taking apps, and now Collections. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Here's how Microsoft Collections, Edge's new research tool, will work," 7 May 2019 The best way to turn those bookmarks into IG-reality? Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Paris Study Abroad: 7 Things to Do That Won’t Take All Your Euros," 12 Oct. 2018 Two features of browser support stand out to me as the most useful: voice search and bookmarks. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Echo Show 2018 review: Seeing is believing, and there’s a lot more to see," 8 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Get updates on the fall lineup of President Speakers by bookmarking or via social media @phoenixcollege webinar. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "College offers community events to introduce locals to community leaders," 5 July 2019 But a lot of them have Act Blue bookmarked on Google Chrome. Jay Cost, National Review, "Our Presidential Nomination Process Is Nuts," 1 July 2019 Take a look at our A-Z list of the best Memorial Day sales below, and don't forget to bookmark your favorites. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "All the Best Memorial Day Sales in 2019," 21 May 2019 Then bookmark the relevant document on your smartphone and to be extra-safe, bring a printout, too. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Papers, please! Don't let travel document problems ground your next vacation," 7 June 2019 Keep this page bookmarked for updates throughout the Emmy Awards season. Los Angeles Times Staff,, "Emmy Roundtables 2019: Video interviews with awards season contenders," 6 June 2019 In Chrome, though, your options are somewhat limited: closing them or bookmarking them are about your only options. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry," 27 Mar. 2019 Serious travelers should also bookmark Swell’s titanium water bottle, Aesop’s Jet Set skincare kit, and Tumi’s international adaptor—all of which make great gifts, too, at $50 or less. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Home for the Holidays? Here Are the 25 Travel Essentials You Can’t Fly Without," 7 Nov. 2018 Keep a screenshot on your phone or bookmark a list like this or do some research and create your own list to have on hand. Sara Tardiff, Teen Vogue, "Solo Travel Tips for Women and Nonbinary People," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bookmark


1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1985, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bookmark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a piece of paper) that is put in a book to show the place where you stopped reading
computers : something (such as a menu entry or icon) that allows you to go quickly and directly to something (such as an Internet site) that you have seen before



English Language Learners Definition of bookmark (Entry 2 of 2)

computers : to create a computer bookmark for (something, such as an Internet site)


book·​mark | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌmärk How to pronounce bookmark (audio) \

Kids Definition of bookmark

1 : something placed in a book to show the page the reader wants to return to
2 : something on a computer screen that serves as a shortcut (as to a Web site)

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