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

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 2 Mar. 2021.

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