song·book | \ˈsȯŋ-ˌbu̇k \

Definition of songbook 

: a collection of songs specifically : a book containing vocal music (such as hymns)

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Even after having penned some of the most iconic tunes in the American songbook, Simon remained convinced that executives at his record label believed his erstwhile partner, Art Garfunkel, would emerge as the bigger star after their split. Steve Almond,, "Songs of insecurity and of experience," 23 May 2018 Which is a pity, considering that Arlen’s songbook is as thick with impeccably crafted, melodically indelible work as any penned by his more celebrated peers. Howard Reich,, "Jeannie Tanner re-imagines classics by Harold Arlen," 2 May 2018 The jukebox musical based on the Jimmy Buffett songbook will close July 1, after 29 previews and 124 regular performances. Scott Heller, New York Times, "‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Is Closing on Broadway," 30 May 2018 This popular musical is a hymn to the great Dubin and Warren songbook. John Timpane,, "The plays and musicals to see in Philadelphia this summer: Aladdin, PA Shakespeare, more," 30 May 2018 But in the studio, his new record label, Impulse, wanted easygoing songbook albums that would win over reviewers and buyers. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album’ Review: Sitting in the Studio With Coltrane," 18 June 2018 The size of an encyclopedia, the songbook features Korean, Japanese and American songs, including hits by Nirvana, Jennifer Lopez and Baltimore R&B singer Sisqo. Wesley Case,, "A guide to karaoke in Baltimore, from bars and rentable rooms to social leagues," 18 Apr. 2018 Free songbooks will be distributed at the Thursday rehearsal, or can be obtained for a modest fee via an online order. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "How Big Sing California aims to bring joy to six cities and 10,000 performers," 13 July 2018 Solidor’s songbook drew from the then-popular genre of tragic seafaring chansons. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: Savoring ‘One Night’ With a Hedonist Extraordinaire," 13 June 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a book that contains the music and words to songs

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