[boo k-mahrk]


a ribbon or other marker placed between the pages of a book to mark a place.
Digital Technology.
  1. Also called favorite.a link to a website address saved electronically in a browser to facilitate quick access to the web page.
  2. an electronic pointer created in a computer file to facilitate quick access to a specific part of the text.

verb (used with object)

Digital Technology. to create a bookmark for: I bookmarked ten of my favorite blogs.

Origin of bookmark

First recorded in 1860–65; book + mark1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bookmark

flap, clip, stop, flag, tag, slip, strip, logo, holder, loop, sticker, marker

Examples from the Web for bookmark

Contemporary Examples of bookmark

Historical Examples of bookmark

  • Later on Felicity told me she had worked the bookmark for him because his father used to drink before he ran away.

    The Golden Road

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • And, and,” Lucile whispered the words, “was there a bookmark in the upper corner of the inside of the front cover?

    The Secret Mark

    Roy J. Snell

  • It was the 'Æneid,' and I began at your bookmark and tried to stagger through a page, but it floored me.

    A Hoosier Chronicle

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Anne read the note, kissed the bookmark, and dispatched a prompt reply back to the other side of the school.

    Anne Of Green Gables

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for bookmark



Also called: bookmarker a strip or band of some material, such as leather or ribbon, put between the pages of a book to mark a place
  1. an address for a website stored on a computer so that the user can easily return to the site
  2. an identifier placed in a document so that part of the document can be accessed easily


(tr) computing
  1. to identify and store (a website) so that one can return to it easily
  2. to place a bookmark in (a document)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bookmark

also book-mark, 1840, from book (n.) + mark (n.1). Bookmarker is older (1838). As a verb, by 1900. Related: Bookmarked; bookmarking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper