Definition of picture-book 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

a : picturesque

b : picture-perfect

picture book


Definition of picture book (Entry 2 of 2)

: a book that consists wholly or chiefly of pictures

Examples of picture-book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chinese like to see their food options, so the menu looks like a picture book. Jessica Meyers, latimes.com, "P.F. Chang's comes to Shanghai, but can you really sell American Chinese food to the country that invented the wok?," 25 May 2018 Most of the picture books in our Parenting Collection are fictional. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "In a world filled with anxiety, picture books can help parents address children's fears," 2 Apr. 2018 Director Webster says one challenge in creating the piece was finding a way to flesh out a slim picture book for kids into a full-length musical. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'The Lorax' arrives in the land of Seuss for musical adaptation's U.S. premiere at Old Globe Theatre," 29 June 2018 Here is a quick guide to picture books to read during hard times, or to help explain distressing subjects. Lindsey M. Roberts, Houston Chronicle, "Experts recommend picture books to help kids with all the tough topics," 22 Apr. 2018 Sensory-friendly kits for visitors include weighted lap pads, lavender lotion, stress balls and fidget spinners, crayons, coloring books and picture books. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "George Ranch Historical Park plans first Sensory-Friendly Day," 12 Apr. 2018 From picture books, to board books for babies, to easy readers for kids who are just starting to read on their own. Gianna Annunzio, chicagotribune.com, "Pete the Cat a big hit with kids at Eisenhower library," 25 June 2018 Children and teens are charged 10 cents a day up to $3, which librarians said can accumulate easily when parents and children check out stacks of colorful picture books to read together. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Pratt Library goes fine free for overdue books," 4 June 2018 Certainly that was part of my motivation to live in picture books for a while. Vera Castaneda, latimes.com, "Talking to Junot Diaz about 'Islandborn,' his first book for kids," 9 Apr. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above


1699, in the meaning defined above

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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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