[boo k-mahrk]
  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.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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. 2018

Related Words for bookmarks

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bookmarks


  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
  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)
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 bookmarks



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