book·​bind·​ing | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌbīn-diŋ How to pronounce bookbinding (audio) \

Definition of bookbinding

1 : the art or trade of binding books
2 : the binding of a book

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Other Words from bookbinding

bookbinder \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌbīn-​dər How to pronounce bookbinding (audio) \ noun
bookbindery \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌbīn-​d(ə-​)rē How to pronounce bookbinding (audio) \ noun

Examples of bookbinding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a visual arts nonprofit organization that supports creative expression through traditional and contemporary book arts, including papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 13 Dec. 2019 The concept is artfully expanded to include architecture by India Mahdavi, bespoke helicopters by Sergio Bortoluz, and dazzling bookbinding by Martin Frost, among others. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 19 Sep. 2018 Another Texan artist, Mychal Mitchell, of Austin, takes festival attendees on a trip to 14th-century Europe and earlier with her ancient bookbinding skills. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2018 There are printmaking, bookbinding, letterpress and papermaking studios, which are operated and maintained by resident artists, volunteers and visiting artists. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, 21 Feb. 2018 Analyzing the leaf dimensions and bookbinding, among other things, the expert concluded that Ms. Parsons’s copy belonged to the Vatican, and that letter in the Vatican Library was a fake. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2017 Try the School Excursion to India, a five-day R and R retreat in Jaipur that focuses on jewelry designing, bookbinding, and, during an optional Pushkar add-on, perfume making (October 2017). Fan Winston, CNT, 10 Mar. 2017 Harry Potter has crawled far beyond his bookbindings and into seemingly every nook a boy wizard might cast his spell. Jordan Lite, WIRED, 15 Aug. 2000

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First Known Use of bookbinding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Bookbinding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookbinding

: the process or job of attaching the pages of a book together inside a cover

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