ex libris

ex li·​bris | \ eks-ˈlē-brəs How to pronounce ex libris (audio) , -ˌbrēs \
plural ex libris

Definition of ex libris

: a book owner's identification label that is usually pasted to the inside front cover of a book : bookplate On the inside of the covers appears that plate with the fat chicken wearing glasses, hatching a closed book. Yehiel explained to me that that was his father's ex libris— Meir Shalev

Examples of ex libris in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The artist Robert Pruitt designed an ex libris bookplate for Jay-Z’s private library. WSJ, 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ex libris

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ex libris

New Latin, from the books; used before the owner's name on bookplates

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“Ex libris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20libris. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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