noun Chiefly British Library Science.

a symbol indicating the location of a book in the library.

Origin of pressmark

First recorded in 1675–85; press1 + mark1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pressmark

Historical Examples of pressmark

  • The pressmark of this autograph letter in the British Museum is Add.

    Fray Luis de Len

    James Fitzmaurice-Kelly

British Dictionary definitions for pressmark



library science a location mark on a book indicating a specific bookcase

Word Origin for pressmark

C19: from press 1 (in the sense: cupboard) + mark 1
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