chap·​book ˈchap-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce chapbook (audio)
: a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts

Examples of chapbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her 2011 chapbook, Catacombs, and her 2016 poetry collection, Cannibal, deploy vivid descriptions of Jamaica’s lush terrain and native wildlife, to haunting effect. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2023 The festival closes out with a poetry slam hosted by Button Poetry, who will offer a chapbook deal to the evening’s winner of the slam; only poets from Massachusetts can compete. Nina MacLaughlin,, 27 July 2023 Last year, when Gov. Spencer Cox appointed her to the five-year term as Utah’s poet laureate, Bickmore noted her goal to create a mobile micro-press, to print chapbooks and broadsides. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 July 2023 Salvadoran editors, including Josué Andrés Moz and Miguel Huezo Mixco, continue to publish chapbooks and anthologies that represent the finest work in Central America and the diaspora. Christopher Soto, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 Sasha Fletcher is the author of the novel Be Here to Love Me at the End of the World, a book of poems, several chapbooks of poetry, and a novella. Hazlitt, 22 Feb. 2023 Inside the home library, a shelf has a small stack of her father’s bound books of poems and his first chapbook of poems from 1994. Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2022 Kwiatkowski is also a noted poet whose latest work, Crops, is a heart-rending chapbook about the horrors of the twentieth century. Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2022 Her 2021 chapbook, The Light on Sifnos, won the Blue Light Press Poetry Prize. Barbara Quick, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 See More

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Word History


chapman + book

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chapbook was in 1775

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“Chapbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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