sto·ry·book | \ˈstȯr-ē-ˌbu̇k \

Definition of storybook 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a book of stories usually for children



Definition of storybook (Entry 2 of 2)

: fairy-tale a storybook romance

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The throwaway domestic bits are the best: Jack-Jack double-patting his father awake, when Bob conks out during the bedtime storybook, for example. Michael Phillips,, "'Incredibles 2' review: Piling on the action in a 14-years-later sequel," 11 June 2018 Between a trip to Oz and through storybooks, two Pembroke Pines art galleries transported patrons to other worlds this month. Emily Bloch,, "Neighboring Pembroke Pines exhibits explore fantasy," 13 June 2018 Playful accents include a White Rabbit pillow, vintage storybooks, and Beatrix Potter figurines from Ogden’s childhood. Marni Elyse Katz,, "A bedroom designed to grow with its 7-year-old resident," 11 May 2018 This educational book and supply store is a warehouse of teaching and study aids, including reading, writing, math, science and music books; test-prep, puzzles, storybooks, workbooks and toys. Agatha French,, "The bookstores of Koreatown," 15 Feb. 2018 Plans include galleries that bring storybooks to life, a printing press, theater and bookstore. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Explorastorium, a 'Disneyland' museum for children's books, finds a home in North KC | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 And various backstory or montage moments get communicated through beautiful, alternative animation-style sequences that look like storybooks come to life. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "There’s one setpiece-and-superhero packed flick to watch this week—Batman Ninja," 29 Apr. 2018 The uplifting tune got its inspiration from Hoda Kotb's new children's storybook of the same title, which went on sale this Tuesday. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Hoda Kotb Fans, You've Got to Hear This New Kelly Clarkson Song," 9 Mar. 2018 By Thursday, internet searches for the Bible came up empty on leading online Chinese retailers, such as, Taobao, and Amazon, although some retailers offered analyses of the Bible or illustrated storybooks. Ian Johnson,, "China Bans Online Bible Sales as It Tightens Religious Controls," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Christopher Oram has designed a picturesque, if slovenly, storybook cottage of a set. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 Earlier this month, surrounded by friends and family in New York's Central Park, Jeff and Angela started the next chapter of their storybook tale, by retelling their vows. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "New chance at love for woman who woke up from coma to find she has second husband," 29 June 2018 There are no storybook castles, roller coasters, or flying elephants at Aulani. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 The Golden Knights wrap up a storybook year, advancing all the way to the final in their first year of existence. Greg Beacham,, "Washington Capitals win first Stanley Cup title, beat Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5," 7 June 2018 But the longest playoff game in their history ended with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, whose storybook season rolled on while the Kings' season is now two losses from concluding. Helene Elliott,, "Kings forced to fight from a hole without Doughty," 14 Apr. 2018 The Eagles cleaned out their lockers yesterday after a storybook season. Aubrey Nagle,, "Eagles fans take over, Senate works toward budget deal | Morning Newsletter," 8 Feb. 2018 The storybook winner would be Croatia, with its population under that of Brooklyn and Queens combined. Ed Barkowitz,, "Atlantic City bookies offer odds and props for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia," 13 July 2018 Will Croatia have one last heroic effort up their sleeve to finish off their storybook World Cup run? 4. Juan Pimiento,, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of storybook


1711, in the meaning defined above


1844, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of storybook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book of stories for children



English Language Learners Definition of storybook (Entry 2 of 2)

: like something described in a storybook

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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