source·​book ˈsȯrs-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce sourcebook (audio)
: a fundamental document or record (as of history, literature, art, or religion) on which subsequent writings, compositions, opinions, beliefs, or practices are based
also : a collection of such documents

Examples of sourcebook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This book is purported to be the first in a line using the name that revitalizes the spooky sourcebooks that detailed the important places in this part of the classic 1920s New England setting. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Books like Xanathar's Guide to Everything and Tasha's Cauldron of Everything will be codified and unified by a new sourcebook at some point, but all of it will be compatible with 5th Edition material. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 26 Jan. 2024 The Education Department named two sourcebooks for the Tampa Bay Times. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023 The boxed set acts as both an introduction to the game and as a sourcebook on Hobbits. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Chimurenga, the pan-African magazine, published a sweeping sourcebook and mixtape about the event in 2020; Theaster Gates curated a show on the photographs of another attendee, K. Kofi Moyo, last year. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2022 More than just a sourcebook, the Grammar sought to show ornamentation as a universal human phenomenon. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The company recently announced Sand and Dust, a sourcebook detailing the planet Arrakis. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 During that time, Apparatus has delved deeper into its creative sourcebook to design its biggest collection to date, nearly a decade after the studio first opened. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sourcebook was in 1899

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“Sourcebook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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