from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See bookplate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bookplate which identifies the owner of the book into which it is pasted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An inscription, label, or the like, in a book indicating its ownership; esp., a bookplate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, from the books (of): as, an ex libris exhibition (an exhibition of books from the books or library of certain collectors).
  • n. A book-plate printed with the name of the owner, and usually his arms also; or, more rarely, a device or impresa the motto of which should have some reference to books or study.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a label identifying the owner of a book in which it is pasted


From Latin ex librīs, from the books : ex, from + librīs, ablative pl. of liber, book.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ex libris ("from books"). (Wiktionary)


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