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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parry recently signed a three-book deal that will include another book about wolves, a picture book about the animals’ reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park, according to Publishers Weekly. oregonlive, "Oregonians well represented on Pacific Northwest Book Awards shortlist, and other Oregon book news," 20 Dec. 2019 Ages: 4 - 8 Read this if…you’re looking for a simple yet powerful picture book about the importance of representation for little girls. Ciarra Chavarria, NBC News, "Holiday gift guide: 10 awesome books to inspire girls to know their value," 2 Dec. 2019 In just a few days, more than $1,500 was raised by his friends and acquaintances, along with dozens of stuffed animals, cards and picture books. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "A mistaken text from a stranger led this man to raise money for a sick boy he didn’t know," 19 Sep. 2019 And a picture book describes what life is like for a child whose father is being held in an immigrant detention center. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "These authors don't like the immigration stories they're hearing from Washington. So they're writing their own," 21 Dec. 2019 The menu is a hardcover picture book with a thoughtful explanation of the restaurant and its cuisine. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Review: This new Sichuan bistro in Towson serves tongue-numbing dishes and you’ll love every bite," 26 Nov. 2019 Earlier this month, Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o released her first picture book Sulwe, an inspiring story that brilliantly explores the effects of colorism on self-esteem. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Lupita Nyong’o Looks Skin-Sational on ‘Sulwe’ Press Tour," 21 Oct. 2019 During the actual flight, JAL has a number of god-send amenities, including soft baby blankets, picture books and toys for kids, and extra diapers. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Japan Airlines Has Created a Map to Help You Avoid Babies on Your Flight," 27 Sep. 2019 In this understated picture book, a child in winterwear walks slowly through the towering city on a personal quest. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "82 new books for holiday gifts in 2019, from Prince to Susan Sontag," 22 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picture-book. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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