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

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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 As Collections seem like just a reimagining of the bookmark process, the process sounds pretty similar. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google's new search features tap AI to make your Android phone and PC even smarter," 24 Sep. 2018 The blind pack contains the 12-inch wand, a wand box and a 3-D bookmark that matches your magical character. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Hottest toys for Christmas (unicorn poop included)," 28 Nov. 2018 By default, panels include bookmarks, notes, history, and downloads. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "Vivaldi 2.0 review: The modern Web browser does not have to be so bland," 19 Oct. 2018 The Do Not Disturb signs, of course, are in the shape of bookmarks. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cambridge Is Worth More than Just a Day Trip from London," 17 Oct. 2018 Other bookmarks held drawings of the Mexican flag, hearts, rainbows, sunsets, and other cheerful imagery. Grace Dickinson,, "Mighty Writers sends 100 Spanish-language children's books to immigrants detained in Berks County," 28 June 2018 The Mighty Writers packed the bookmarks separately. Mike Newall,, "Philly kids collected new books for immigrant children at Berks detention center. No thanks, officials told them.," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Click on and bookmark our interactive map of local markets, which pinpoints locations and lists them by day of the week. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2018 farmers markets in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin," 1 May 2018 Go ahead and bookmark this article and check back on Prime Day to see what our team recommends. The Editors, Outside Online, "How to Score the Best Gear on Amazon Prime Day," 9 July 2018 Be sure to keep this link bookmarked and check back every so often. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football Top 300 Rankings," 3 July 2018 Our suggestion is to bookmark Allure's Amazon Prime Day coverage and our Amazon storefront to stay up-to-date on all the best products to shop during those 36 hours. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "How to Shop Amazon Prime Day's Best Deals for 2018," 3 July 2018 Be sure to bookmark this page and check back throughout free agency for all of The Crossover's coverage. The Si Staff,, "2018 NBA Free Agency: Grading Every Deal," 1 July 2018 Two-thirds of the proceeds ($1 million) are bookmarked for renovations and upgrades to the main library and the Bertram Woods branch, which trustees say need $4.1 million and $1 million in repairs, respectively. Thomas Jewell,, "Shaker Heights voters narrowly approve local library levy," 9 May 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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