book·​plate | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌplāt How to pronounce bookplate (audio) \

Definition of bookplate

: 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 The black foldable bookplate and steel music stand are very easy to carry. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Music Stand," 29 Apr. 2021 The large bookplate measures 475mm in width and 345mm in height and can be rotated 180 degrees. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Music Stand," 29 Apr. 2021 The artist Robert Pruitt designed an ex libris bookplate for Jay-Z’s private library. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 13 Mar. 2021 Passes are $35, which includes a copy of the book with a bookplate signed by Kotb. Staff Reports,, "Book sale in New Orleans, biking in Jefferson and more metro-area community news," 14 Oct. 2020 Readers who purchase a copy of the book from Semicolon will also receive a bookplate signed by Cooper, Goodman said. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Wilmette library to host virtual visit with author of memoir about America’s first all-Black high school rowing team," 1 Oct. 2020 Most major special collections, like the Oliver Room, also adhere a bookplate to the inside front cover. Travis Mcdade, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inside Story of the $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library," 18 Aug. 2020 Guests were encouraged to write a personal message of support on the bookplates inside. Candace Jordan,, "Children's Ball raises record-breaking $3.75 million for pediatric research," 19 Dec. 2017 Pair it with personalized bookplate (adorned with a crown perhaps?) for an extra-special present. Caroline Mckenzie, Southern Living, "Royal Baby Arrives: Southern Gifts Fit for a Prince," 22 July 2013

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First Known Use of bookplate

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bookplate was in 1791

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15 May 2021

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“Bookplate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookplate

: a piece of paper stuck on the inside front cover of a book that shows the name of the person who owns the book

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