note·​book ˈnōt-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce notebook (audio)
: a book for notes or memoranda
: 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 While there are apps and workbooks dedicated to anxiety-tracking, a regular ol’ notebook (or the notes app on your phone) is more than enough. Anna Borges, SELF, 13 Feb. 2024 Darwin also listed reading materials in his notebooks, and Emma Darwin, his wife and cousin, wrote down titles in her many diaries. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 However, a real Michelin inspector would likely never bring a notebook since that would blow their cover. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 In an office and basement den in the Delaware home, agents also found notebooks with classified information that Mr. Biden wrote on during briefings with Mr. Obama and in White House Situation Room meetings, the report said. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2024 But when Bosa does talk, the 49ers are listening as closely as the reporters with their notebooks and recorders. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 How about using a notebook or calling a friend for advice? TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 In the video, the singer-songwriter is seen running through a field, writing in a notebook, and, at one point, seemingly harnessing a ball of light. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2024 The 345-page special counsel report portrays Biden, 81, as someone who haphazardly kept notebooks and documents with classified information at his home, and struggled to recall key dates in his life. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of notebook was in 1568

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“Notebook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


note·​book ˈnōt-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce notebook (audio)
: a book for notes
: a portable computer that is similar to but usually smaller than a laptop
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