horn·​book ˈhȯrn-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce hornbook (audio)
: a child's primer consisting of a sheet of parchment or paper protected by a sheet of transparent horn
: a rudimentary treatise

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hornbook was circa 1595

Dictionary Entries Near hornbook

Cite this Entry

“Hornbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornbook. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on hornbook

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!