hand·​book | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio) \

Definition of handbook

1a : a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference : manual
b : a concise reference book covering a particular subject
2a : a bookmaker's book of bets
b : a place where bookmaking is carried on

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Recent Examples on the Web Brazel said she’d never been shown the handbook or asked to sign anything like it. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "What we know about Lutheran High School trainer who says she was fired for being gay," 6 July 2020 The following day, the store manager told Goldsmith that the company had told her to fire him for having violated the company handbook’s rule against bringing a gun to work. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime and Killing," 29 June 2020 The physical Player’s Handbook for Dungeons & Dragons’ latest edition can run $50 new, and unlike traditional in-person groups, sharing said handbook is easier said than done virtually. L.j. Kilgore, Ars Technica, "How to move your role-playing game nights online," 28 June 2020 Sources are scant and, as Mr Boin admits, his narrative is a patchwork: a snippet of archaeology here, a strand of military handbook there, all tied together with excerpts from general histories of the period. The Economist, "Goths v Romans A brilliant Goth’s-eye view of the sack of Rome," 20 June 2020 The federal handbook also says that crossings used by nearly 2,000 cars per day should have that equipment. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin saved Plymouth’s rail line, but drivers at risk because of inadequate safety measures," 19 June 2020 Vice is also updating its employee handbook and providing additional diversity and inclusion training for managers. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Vice Media launches probe into Refinery29's toxic work environment," 18 June 2020 The handbook helps professionals diagnose mental illnesses and strongly influences everything from research to public policy to health insurance. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How PTSD went from ‘shell-shock’ to a recognized medical diagnosis," 16 June 2020 For some, Waugh’s bittersweet elegy became a sort of handbook of patrician showmanship. The Economist, "The Flyte club Published 75 years ago, “Brideshead Revisited” set off a lasting cult," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of handbook

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

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“Handbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbook. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handbook

: a small book that gives useful information about a particular subject


hand·​book | \ ˈhand-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of handbook

: a book of facts usually about one subject

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