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pic·​ture-book ˈpik-chər-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce picture-book (audio)
: suitable for or suggestive of a picture book: such as

picture book

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: a book that consists wholly or chiefly of pictures

Examples of picture-book in a Sentence

Adjective the players gave a picture-book performance that will go down in the annals of football as one of the all-time great games
Recent Examples on the Web
The spread of literacy, newfangled methods of production and an almost mystical efflorescence of creativity combined to produce superb and lasting works of picture-book art. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2023 Cereza and the Lost Demon is easy to fall in love with as a magical picture-book that deviates into the macabre side of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Joshua Khan, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2023
At 38, García looks like a ballerina from a classic picture book, the absence of makeup enhancing the delicate features of her face. Ernesto Lechner, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 This inspiring biography and picture book tells the story of Glenn Burke, the Major League Baseball player who broke boundaries — both as the person who invented the high five, but also as the first MLB star to come out as gay. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for picture-book 

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Word History

First Known Use


1922, in the meaning defined above


1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of picture-book was in 1699

Dictionary Entries Near picture-book



picture book

Cite this Entry

“Picture-book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picture-book. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

picture book

: a book that consists entirely or chiefly of pictures
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