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[boo k-pleyt]
  1. a label bearing the owner's name and often a design, coat of arms, or the like, for pasting on the front end paper of a book.
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Origin of bookplate

First recorded in 1785–95; book + plate1
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Examples from the Web for bookplate

Historical Examples

  • If there be a bookplate, soak it off, and when dry paste it inside the end cover.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

    P. B. M. Allan

  • His bookplate (Fig. 739) is one of the earliest Scottish dated plates.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • The allusion was to Cooper's bookplate, a red serpent about a golden staff.

    The Patient Observer

    Simeon Strunsky

  • He had a bookplate and he had also a coat of arms on his carriage-door.

  • Sentiment is seldom in place, but on a bookplate it is peculiarly odious.

British Dictionary definitions for bookplate


  1. a label bearing the owner's name and an individual design or coat of arms, pasted into a book
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