copy·​book | \ ˈkä-pē-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce copybook (audio) \

Definition of copybook

: a book formerly used in teaching penmanship and containing models for imitation

Examples of copybook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get our daily newsletter The first concern is over Mr Ouattara, who may blot his copybook by trying to run for a third term. The Economist, "Ivory Coast’s economy is booming, but its politics look wobbly," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of copybook

1588, in the meaning defined above

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“Copybook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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