hand·​book ˈhan(d)-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio)
: a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference : manual
: a concise reference book covering a particular subject
: a bookmaker's book of bets
: a place where bookmaking is carried on

Examples of handbook in a Sentence

a handbook of grammar
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of handbook was before the 12th century

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“Handbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbook. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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hand·​book -ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio)
: a small book of facts or useful information usually about a particular subject : manual

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