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ex libris

[eks lee-bris, lahy-] /ɛks ˈli brɪs, ˈlaɪ-/
1.
from the library of (a phrase inscribed in or on a book before the name of the owner):
Ex libris Jane Doe.
noun, plural ex libris
2.
an inscription in or on a book, to indicate the owner; bookplate.
Origin of ex libris
1875-1880
1875-80; < Latin ex lībrīs out of the books (of), from the books (of)
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Examples from the Web for ex libris
Historical Examples
  • On the fly-leaf, in very faded ink, is written 'ex libris Guliolmi Whyte.'

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Countess also used a book-stamp of the same design as the ex libris, but without the inscription.

    Book-Plates William J. Hardy
  • Our copy is in the original full calf gold stamped binding, with the ex libris of James Maidment.

  • A copy of this edition bears the inscription, ex libris Gul: Congreve.

British Dictionary definitions for ex libris

ex libris

/ɛks ˈliːbrɪs/
adjective
1.
from the collection or library of: frequently printed on bookplates
noun
2.
a bookplate bearing the owner's name, coat of arms, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, literally: from the books (of)
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Word Origin and History for ex libris

Latin, literally "out of the books (of)," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + ablative plural of liber "book" (see library).

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