guide·​book | \ ˈgīd-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce guidebook (audio) \
plural guidebooks

Definition of guidebook

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web With something like this pandemic, there's no guidebook. Mark Bergen,, "YouTube Tested by Flood of Star Doctors During 'Infodemic'," 8 May 2020 In a time of uncertainty, there really is no guidebook. New York Times, "Some Teenagers Are Creating New Rituals in the Pandemic," 5 May 2020 Download a printable map to plan your itinerary and a guidebook for more information about the route’s history. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "This San Francisco hike offers nature, history — and unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge," 28 Feb. 2020 Two guidebooks: California has given counties more than $8 billion to handle thousands of new inmates. Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica, "How to Navigate California County Jails: A Guide for Inmates and Their Loved Ones," 13 Jan. 2020 In 2015, a guidebook, signed by Walt Disney himself, sold at a Van Eaton auction for $15,000. Dewayne Bevil,, "Big Disney auction pulls in $1.8 million," 9 Dec. 2019 This is a guidebook with step-by-step instructions for people who want to get involved in the Democratic campaign. Linda Killian, Washington Post, "An Obama adviser summons a volunteer army to defeat President Trump," 3 Apr. 2020 But the government has enacted stimulus packages before — and there are no guidebooks for companies at a time like this. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "As Crisis Deepens, Companies Hand Out Cash to Workers," 21 Mar. 2020 In part, that’s because many administrators have no guidebook. Lindzi Wessel, Science | AAAS, "‘The spark has ignited.’ Latin American scientists intensify fight against sexual harassment," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of guidebook

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Guidebook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of guidebook

: a book of information for travelers


guide·​book | \ ˈgīd-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce guidebook (audio) \

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: a book of information for travelers

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