note·​book | \ ˈnōt-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce notebook (audio) \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Wilson cries out to an aide, who scribbles into a notebook. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Disrupting the Pentagon: Can the Air Force Learn To Love Startup Culture?," 12 Apr. 2019 That piece happened to be a recreation of her young son’s notebook, but there’s a childlike quality to all such art. Dan Duray, ELLE Decor, "Is Nostalgia in the Art World Ever a Good Thing?," 29 Aug. 2018 Notebooks, a planner and ample pens are a staple at my desk—plus there are SO many beautiful and nice quality notebooks out there. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "6 Colorful Ways to Liven up Your Desk," 8 Mar. 2019 While official bullet journals exist, any sturdy journal or notebook will do, says Carroll. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Bullet Journal? Everything You Need to Know Before You BuJo," 30 Jan. 2019 Fuzzy tipped pens, rainbow pattern folders, notebooks with whimsical unicorns, and markers that smelt like cotton candy. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Back to School 2018: Colorful School Supplies," 11 Aug. 2018 The obsession that comes from a crush manifests in the best ways: posters decorating our bedroom walls, the name of the crush written repeatedly in notebooks with hearts, the crush’s image as a cell phone screensaver, their music on repeat. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 But the investigating prosecutor has said the information in the notebooks has been corroborated with other evidence. Fox News, "Argentina corruption case: Businessman admits payments," 6 Aug. 2018 The signature was penned in mirror writing, just like the backwards script that fills the artist’s notebooks. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Is This Painted Tile Da Vinci’s Earliest Known Work?," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'notebook.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of notebook

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about notebook

Dictionary Entries near notebook

not do

not do much for



note broker

note card


Statistics for notebook

Last Updated

24 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for notebook

The first known use of notebook was in 1568

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for notebook



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 How to pronounce notebook (audio) \

Kids Definition of notebook

: a book of blank pages for writing in

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on notebook

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with notebook

Spanish Central: Translation of notebook

Nglish: Translation of notebook for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of notebook for Arabic Speakers

Comments on notebook

What made you want to look up notebook? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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