copy·​book ˈkä-pē-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce copybook (audio)
: a book formerly used in teaching penmanship and containing models for imitation

Examples of copybook in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copybook was in 1588

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“Copybook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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