ex libris

ex libris

[eks lee-bris, lahy-]
noun, plural ex libris for 2.
from the library of (a phrase inscribed in or on a book before the name of the owner): Ex libris Jane Doe.
an inscription in or on a book, to indicate the owner; bookplate.

1875–80; < Latin ex lībrīs out of the books (of), from the books (of)

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ex libris (ɛks ˈliːbrɪs)
1.  from the collection or library of: frequently printed on bookplates
2.  a bookplate bearing the owner's name, coat of arms, etc
[C19: from Latin, literally: from the books (of)]

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ex libris
1880, from L., lit. "out of the books (of)," from ex "out of" + ablative plural of liber "book" (see library).
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