Definition of picture-book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: suitable for or suggestive of a picture book: such as

picture book


Definition of picture book (Entry 2 of 2)

: a book that consists wholly or chiefly of pictures

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Examples of picture-book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barbara Zinn Krieger and Maximillian Gill have based the script on Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw’s 2011 picture book, which features two boys. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 1 Apr. 2021 Then every four weeks, a picture book arrives at their doorstep. Diti Kohli, BostonGlobe.com, "A Medford couple is bringing diverse children’s books to families every month," 5 Mar. 2021 Our hero in this compact little picture book (translated by Michael Blaskowsky) is a boy who wears a rabbit costume and sees all sorts of wonderful possibilities in the world. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: ‘The Sea-Ringed World’ Review," 19 Feb. 2021 My favorite picture book of the year, and therefore, really, my favorite book of the year, is In the Half Room by Carson Ellis, which is as classic and off-kilter as any good Margaret Wise Brown [author of Goodnight Moon]. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "9 Authors on the Books That Got Them Through a Year of the Pandemic," 12 Mar. 2021 Her latest project is particularly close to her heart: an exuberant comedy based on Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s picture book Yes Day!, which tracks a child whose parents say yes to all of his requests for one day a year. Radhika Seth, Vogue, "We All Need a ‘Yes’ Day: Jennifer Garner On How a Beloved Family Tradition Inspired Her Joyous New Netflix Film," 11 Mar. 2021 Written by Elizabeth Pulford and illustrated by Anne Bannock, both New Zealanders, this quietly thrilling picture book chronicles the late-night excursion of a father and child. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: ‘The Sea-Ringed World’ Review," 19 Feb. 2021 From Goodreads: Author Ibram X. Kendi reaches out to the youngest of readers—and the grown-ups in their lives—with this innovative picture book dedicated to creating a more equitable future for everyone. Sydney Williams, NBC News, "Best books 2020: Winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards," 9 Dec. 2020 Soon the new friends are frisking about in this gentle and appealing (and probably bestselling) picture book for 2- to 7-year-olds. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Sequel to ‘Guess How Much I Love You’," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of picture-book


1922, in the meaning defined above


1699, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of picture-book was in 1699

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“Picture-book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picture-book. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of picture-book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very pretty or charming : like a picture in a picture book

picture book


English Language Learners Definition of picture book (Entry 2 of 2)

: a book that has many pictures and is usually for children

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