chap·​book | \ ˈchap-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce chapbook (audio) \

Definition of chapbook

: a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts

Examples of chapbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dublin is writing new poems for a handmade chapbook to give Lewin as one of the gifts. Heather Knight,, "‘He uplifts me’: S.F. heroes bring solace amid the loneliness, struggle of the pandemic," 19 Dec. 2020 The same company released Soto’s chapbook, called Dallas Spleen, which imagines a post-apocalyptic version of Dallas, last August. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas author Mike Soto pens a surreal journey through a fictional border town," 23 July 2020 Our work filled a chapbook, a term used for slim volumes of creative work. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Capture the stories of those you love: Sun Messages," 21 Mar. 2020 One section is drawn from a handwritten chapbook that describes an 18th-century settlement in Appalachia near a magical fountain whose water obliterates the mind of anyone who drinks it. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "A.R. Moxon’s ‘The Revisionaries’ might be the weirdest novel of the year," 3 Dec. 2019 Over the years, his works appeared in numerous chapbooks, and even The New York Times. Laura Demarco,, "Cleveland Book Week honors Russell Atkins, hosts Killer Mike, Soledad O’Brien and others for 10 days of literary events," 13 Sep. 2019 Poems from four previous books or chapbooks are collected here. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New collection brings together Alaska poet John Morgan’s impressive early work," 9 Sep. 2019 Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 Poets Edyka Chilomé, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi and Mike Soto will celebrate the release of their chapbooks at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Deep Vellum Bookstore, 3000 Commerce St., Dallas. Dallas News, "Poets Edyka Chilomé, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi and Mike Soto among authors on tour Aug. 25-31 in D-FW," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of chapbook

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chapbook

chapman + book

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29 Dec 2020

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“Chapbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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