play·​book | \ ˈplā-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce playbook (audio) \

Definition of playbook

1 : one or more plays in book form
2 : a notebook containing diagrammed football plays
3 : a stock of usual tactics or methods straight from his opponent's political playbook

Examples of playbook in a Sentence

He studied the new plays in the team's playbook.
Recent Examples on the Web When the coronavirus pandemic struck last spring, store workers and managers alike had no playbook for what to do. Nathan Owens, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 The top one: a PR-heavy playbook more reminiscent of Miami’s mayoral office than the stuffy VC firms of old. Rebecca Szkutak, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The surrenders are part of a broader Taliban playbook of seizing and holding territory as security force morale plummets with the exit of international troops. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Would a more cost-efficient playbook achieve our objectives, while freeing up resources to focus on China? Roger Zakheim, National Review, 24 May 2021 The commission published a report that was supposed to serve as a playbook for cities to rebuild community trust with police. Liz Navratil, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Otherwise, Detroit's TCF Center will serve as a playbook for election disruption in the future, Dolente said. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2021 Senior weakside linebacker DeMarvion Overshown, a revelation after a spin-down from safety in 2020, spent the spring season recovering from shoulder surgery — not ideal with a new staff to meet and a new playbook to digest. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 18 May 2021 The order also establishes a cybersecurity safety review board, creates a pilot program rating system to evaluate the security of software and establishes what officials say will be a standardized playbook for cyber responses. Eric Tucker, Fortune, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of playbook

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jun 2021

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“Playbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of playbook

American football : a book that contains descriptions of the different offensive and defensive plays that are used by a team

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