guide·​book ˈgīd-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce guidebook (audio)
plural guidebooks
: a book that gives useful information about a particular subject : handbook
I had been hired to write a cultural study, "how to" guidebook on being a Canadian …Will Ferguson
especially : a book of information for travelers
Most cities have some sort of restaurant guidebook that often proves helpful. Jinx and Jefferson Morgan

Examples of guidebook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each animal in the guidebook came with a quick list of its light and dark qualities, plus some tips from Krans on how to play off their archetypal traits for better living. Simone Wilson, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Arizona is one of a handful of states that collaborates with local election officials to produce a guidebook for election administration, said Tammy Patrick chief executive officer of Election Center, part of the National Association of Election Officials. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2024 In 2016, Pettitt published what turned out to be something between a guidebook to traditional womanhood and a memoir of self-transformation through faith. Sophie Elmhirst, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2024 From recommendations of things to see, like the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires or the Royal Palace of Naples, to full guidebooks created by users, you can get inspired, book experiences, and discover hidden gems within this app. Harrison Pierce, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Mar. 2024 Chu describes it as a memoir meets guidebook for aspiring storytellers. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 Mar. 2024 With a presidential election looming, the once-obscure guidebook for election management in the swing state of Arizona is taking legal fire from the right. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2024 In the box, expecting parents will receive guidebooks, cozy socks, a postpartum recovery latte, and so much more. Maya Polton, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 The guidebook, with 78 unique creative prompts, is our nudge for everyone to explore the primacy of their imagination, artist or not, and to also encourage taking their creativity offline and interacting with the physical world in new and perspective-shifting ways. Jennifer Sodini, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guidebook was in 1814

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“Guidebook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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guide·​book ˈgīd-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce guidebook (audio)
: a book of information for travelers

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