hand·​book | \ˈhan(d)-ˌbu̇k \

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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That our salvation will come in the form of culture and handbooks, not gadgets or more secure voting infrastructure, can seem underwhelming. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 French elaborated on the shift in perception to Allure, explaining that some employers who once forbade tattoos have more or less removed that rule from their employee handbooks. Marci Robin, Allure, "Tattoos May Improve Your Chances of Getting a Job, So Feel Free to Rub That in Your Judgmental Relative's Face," 13 Aug. 2018 The dustup over the rent payment comes just two months after County Executive Armond Budish's administration angered council members by asking them to retroactively approve changes Budish had made to the employee handbook. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County made a $61,897.90 rent payment without approval, angering County Council," 25 Apr. 2018 However, lieutenant governor candidates must be a member of their party for at least one year before the state's qualifying deadline, according to a Division of Elections qualifying handbook. Ali Schmitz, USA TODAY, "Is Rep. Patrick Murphy running for Florida governor?," 24 Apr. 2018 Currently, City Council is entertaining a $10,000 expenditure for Harvey, Abens, Iouse to develop a comprehensive policy and procedure manual, as well as an employee handbook. John Benson, cleveland.com, "North Olmsted looking to create employee handbook and procedure manual," 19 Jan. 2018 Hillis’s slim handbook aimed to convince her reader that, with a stiff upper lip and a healthy dose of economic self-indulgence, being an unpaired woman could be not just tolerable but liberating. Ashley Fetters, Curbed, "Living alone and liking it," 20 June 2018 The 2017 Tiger Band handbook and syllabus explains this further. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "LSU Golden Girls, Colorguard are only Tiger Band members with weight restrictions," 9 May 2018 Executive director Bill Gaine countered that there is an icon in the handbook on transgender athletes, but agreed that the language could be clarified. 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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English Language Learners Definition of handbook

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


hand·​book | \ˈhand-ˌbu̇k \

Kids Definition of handbook

: a book of facts usually about one subject

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