sketch·​book | \ ˈskech-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce sketchbook (audio) \

Definition of sketchbook

: a book of or for sketches

Examples of sketchbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s the quality of a sketchbook, of anything-goes creativity. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 The relationship between sketchbooks and finished sculptures by the venerable Los Angeles artist is the focus of this career survey. Los Angeles Times, "The 11 best art exhibitions to see in L.A. this fall," 12 Sep. 2019 Develop the Habit of Watercolor Practice Painting: Painting in a sketchbook is a low-stress way to improve your skills and develop the habit of painting regularly. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "MiraCosta College offers enrichment courses in hobbies and skills," 5 Sep. 2019 He was inspired the previous year by a visiting artist at the U who had a bookshelf filled with sketchbooks. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Scandia artist Jim Denomie is 2019 McKnight Distinguished Artist — though he was once advised against art as a career," 29 Aug. 2019 Botanical sketchbooks workshop: With Ayse Gilbert, Sat.-Sun. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Blackberries, shade gardening, snakes? Imagining a warmer climate for Alaska gardens," 17 July 2019 To start, Huh took to her sketchbook, developing several concepts that incorporated the local flora in graphic ways. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Watch an Incredible, 25-Foot Mosaic Mural Come to Life," 19 Apr. 2019 The real-world realization of that sketchbook dream was realized by building upon the platform shared by the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 After flipping through Girard’s sketchbook, Cooper and Quinn jumped on the opportunity to showcase his work. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Mt. Joy's Matt Quinn on 'Surreal' Success, Dropping Out of Law School and Writing No. 1 Hit 'Silver Lining'," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of sketchbook

1820, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Sketchbook.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of sketchbook

: a book filled with paper that is used for drawing

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