song·​book ˈsȯŋ-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce songbook (audio)
: a collection of songs
specifically : a book containing vocal music (such as hymns)

Examples of songbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My Black Country: The Songs of Alice Randall, a forthcoming tribute record to the songwriter and novelist that features a generation of younger artists like Allison Russell and Adia Victoria interpreting Randall’s songbook. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 Pushing past her fear, Fitzgerald delivered a performance that helped launch her iconic career, which spanned the 20th century, shaped the American songbook, and established Fitzgerald as one of the preeminent singers of the modern era. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2024 Contrary to Kinney's self-assessment, there are so many noted admirers of his songbook that four four full-length tribute albums are planned. Journal Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 But there, Charles was led to Nashville in the process of looking for a different classic songbook to cover. Chris Willman, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024 Looking dapper in his kilt, Roger passes out some old songbooks and teaches the class a few Gaelic melodies. Lincee Ray,, 22 July 2023 Two very different sides of ’80s music were on display on Friday night, as Bryan Adams delivered his straight-ahead brand of roots rock and Dave Stewart unpacked the highly stylish Eurythmics songbook at the SAP Center. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 The covers of contemporary songbooks on display also reveal how music and art could cheerily militarize a population. Anne Wallentine, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 Deviating from her usual focus on political documentaries, Porter intertwines the captivating songbook with cherished recollections from his immediate family, close friends, fellow musicians, collaborators, staff, background vocalists, and executives. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 16 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of songbook was before the 12th century

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“Songbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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