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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This time don’t get in trouble for doodling unicorn battles in your notebook. 75. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 Bohm is bound for short-season Williamsport, as Marc Narducci writes in our weekly minor-league notebook. Scott Lauber,, "Seranthony Dominguez proves he has the short memory required to be an excellent reliever | Extra Innings," 29 June 2018 Salio consulted his tattered notebook of people who left their names with him, calling them out when their turn came. Washington Post, "Undeterred by Trump, asylum-seekers line up at the border," 8 June 2018 Salio consulted his tattered notebook of people who left their names with him, calling them out when their turn came., "Undeterred by Trump, asylum-seekers line up at the border," 7 June 2018 Journal: Keep track of your adventures in a classic, Moleskine notebook ($19.45). Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Though long known for consumer products such as televisions and notebook computers, Toshiba has mostly sold those operations. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Toshiba CEO Looks to Reward Foreign Shareholders," 13 Nov. 2018 Maya Brant and Marina Mattos slide a small, square notebook across the wooden table to Marina Falcão. Jill Langlois, Teen Vogue, "Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Has Inspired Massive Women's Protests, Just Like Donald Trump," 5 Oct. 2018 Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian doodled the creature in a notebook during a marketing class his senior year at the University of Virginia. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Transformative Power of Reddit's Alien Mascot," 6 July 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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