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)


Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.