phrase book


Definition of phrase book

: a book containing idiomatic expressions of a foreign language and their translation

Examples of phrase book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In cool, shaded interiors, bookshelves are packed with Stefan Zweig and Arabic phrase books. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 Aug. 2019 Baldwin’s interest coincided with a growing interest in the language among members of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, which produced its first unpublished Myaamia phrase book in 1997. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How to Resurrect a Lost Language," 19 Apr. 2017

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1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Phrase book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of phrase book

: a book for travelers that contains common phrases and expressions of a foreign language with their translations

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