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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Synonyms for handbook


manual, primer, text, textbook

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The census handbook adds that the tribe can be hostile. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "American Missionary Killed by Isolated Tribe Wrote of Confrontation With the Group," 22 Nov. 2018 The handbook later mentions that country affairs are distinct from those in-town. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "11 Ridiculous Etiquette Rules from Victorian Times," 1 May 2017 Of the three mandates in the aviator's handbook—aviate, navigate, communicate—the last may have been most important in this emergency. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 And at Green Engine, a bright Haverford space with wood accents and potted plants scattered throughout, workers recently received new employee handbooks. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "Consumers, coffee shops see changes after Starbucks incidents - but will they last?," 10 July 2018 While there are lots of RV-friendly handbooks, most van life gear advice consists of seven to 10 items that are nowhere near comprehensive. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Employee handbooks, which establish workplace rules, typically say employees have no expectation of privacy on work devices. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "At Stake in Lawsuit: What Can Bosses Access on Your Personal Devices?," 9 Sep. 2018 Internet addiction, for example, is not included in the DSM-5, the American Psychiatric Association’s handbook for mental disorders. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018 The committee also called for the MIAA handbook to address transgender athletes. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "Nobles boys’ lacrosse remains in title hunt," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of handbook

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

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

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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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