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non·​book ˌnän-ˈbu̇k How to pronounce nonbook (audio)
: being something other than a book
especially : being a library holding (such as a microfilm) that is not a book


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non·​book ˌnän-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce nonbook (audio)
: a book of little literary merit which is often a compilation (as of pictures, press clippings, or speeches)

Examples of nonbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The first nonbook merchandise Amazon began selling was CDs. al, 7 Feb. 2021 Although books are his primary items, as much as 15% of sales come from what’s known as nonbook merchandise including gifts, music, games, cards and apparel. Joyce M. Rosenberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Dec. 2019
Some also lent nonbook materials. Roy Rivenburg, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2022 The Batteries Not Included offers items such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, other audiovisual items, and miscellaneous nonbook items. Shellie Lister,, 8 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


1928, in the meaning defined above


1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonbook was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Nonbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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