note·book | \ˈnōt-ˌbu̇k \

Definition of notebook 

1 : a book for notes or memoranda

2 : laptop entry 2 especially : a particularly small or light laptop … have been selling smaller, lighter, cheaper and more powerful notebooks for two years. — Peter H. Lewis often used before another noun a notebook computer

Examples of notebook in a Sentence

Take out your notebook and write down some of your ideas. She kept a notebook for her poetry.

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Before heading to the field during the middle of a warm afternoon, about 35 players had packed the classroom and jotted down diagrams of the plays in spiral notebooks. Charles Rich,, "Hoover football puts on thinking caps for summer," 3 July 2018 Rangers better call in the Russians What is Rangers' DeShields writing in those notebooks? Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: The flawed thinking of those miffed by Banister's comments," 3 June 2018 The 19th-century concept of the exotic seemed to spill right out of Saint-Saëns’ notebook into his Piano Concerto No. Peter Dobrin,, "Nicholas Angelich joins Stéphane Denève and Philadelphia Orchestra on musical jaunts," 27 Apr. 2018 The Matebook X Pro's keyboard remains more like Apple's MacBook than any other part of the notebook. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Matebook X Pro review: No longer just a MacBook clone," 10 Apr. 2018 Some appear on traditional lined notebook paper, conveying a sense of innocence that belies the gravity of their authors’ purpose. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "School shootings spur students to write — or text — letters to lawmakers," 28 June 2018 Some appear on traditional lined notebook paper, conveying a sense of innocence that belies the gravity of their authors’ purpose. Jeff Barker,, "School shootings inspire Maryland students to write — or text — first letters to lawmakers," 24 June 2018 His little black baseball notebooks seem to helping. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "What is Rangers' DeShields writing in those notebooks? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 No one ever wrote 'Dire Straits' on the back of their notebook and made that one friend who saved their life. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Why Dire Straits Deserves to Be In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of notebook

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of notebook

: a book with blank pages that is used for writing notes

: a small computer that is designed to be easily carried


note·book | \ˈnōt-ˌbu̇k \

Kids Definition of notebook

: a book of blank pages for writing in

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