noun \-ˌbk\

: a small book that gives useful information about a particular subject

Full Definition of HANDBOOK

a :  a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference :  manual
b :  a concise reference book covering a particular subject
a :  a bookmaker's book of bets
b :  a place where bookmaking is carried on

First Known Use of HANDBOOK

before 12th century


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