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 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 On the same day, her picture book, Change Sings, which includes illustrations by Loren Long, will also become available. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the Youngest Ever Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman," 20 Jan. 2021 The same day, her debut picture book, called Change Sings, will also be released. Photo: Alex Wong/getty Images., refinery29.com, "22-Year-Old Amanda Gorman Is The Breakout Inauguration Poet," 20 Jan. 2021 Tami Charles’ latest picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Bryan Collier, is a tribute to the love and care of a parent for a child. Augusta Scattergood, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cozy up for story time with these delightful picture books," 1 Dec. 2020 This is a completely charming picture book about an imaginative young Cajun girl who transforms into all the creatures of the swamp before coming back to herself. Susan Larson, NOLA.com, "New Orleans and Louisiana authors will gladly tide you over for the holidays with these books," 17 Dec. 2020 The song's lyrics brings the holiday spirit to readers of all ages in an adorable picture book about a young girl's Christmas wish for a new puppy. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "All the Things Mariah Carey Has Turned 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Into," 21 Dec. 2020 Why opt for an inclusive picture book this holiday, whether for your kids or to gift others? Sydney Williams, NBC News, "Best books 2020: Inclusive holiday books for children," 8 Dec. 2020 With an interactive format, eye-catching illustrations, and simple but informative text, this one is so perfect for young readers who are ready to go beyond the picture book. Ciarra Chavarria, NBC News, "Holiday gift guide: 10 amazing books to inspire young girls to know their value," 3 Dec. 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 26 Feb. 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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