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[boo k-mahrk]
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  1. a ribbon or other marker placed between the pages of a book to mark a place.
  2. a bookplate.
  3. 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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Digital Technology. to create a bookmark for: I bookmarked ten of my favorite blogs.
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Origin of bookmark

First recorded in 1860–65; book + mark1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • 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


  1. 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
  2. computing
    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
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  1. (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)
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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.

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