book·​plate ˈbu̇k-ˌplāt How to pronounce bookplate (audio)
: a book owner's identification label that is usually pasted to the inside front cover of a book

Examples of bookplate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Items range in size and price from Ex Libris bookplates to original 18th-century maps. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2024 The artist Robert Pruitt designed an ex libris bookplate for Jay-Z’s private library on Black culture and society. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Members got a booklet, an enamel badge imprinted with the Puffin logo, and a set of bookplates. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 2 June 2023 Each contains her bookplate. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2022 Details include a Tom Ford signed bookplate. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 These are his personal copies of his famous works with his [personal] bookplate [a line drawing of a stirrup] inside, and there’s only one of each. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2023 The copy was bound for the the Legal Classics Library in 2017 and includes the justice's personal bookplate. Dan Berman, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 The black foldable bookplate and steel music stand are very easy to carry. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bookplate was in 1791

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“Bookplate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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book·​plate ˈbu̇k-ˌplāt How to pronounce bookplate (audio)
: a label pasted inside a book to show who owns it

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