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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

More storybook-like were the naive motifs that popped up at Bally, Bode, and Lanvin, where both Babar and the fairy-tale baddy, the sly fox, were used as accents. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "It’s Time to Take a Recess From Serious Fashion—13 Camp Creations on the Fall Runways," 8 Apr. 2019 Christmas Made to Order, Hallmark's latest showing in its Countdown to Christmas lineup, has some absolutely beautiful decor that looks straight out of a storybook. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas Made to Order' Was Filmed in This Cozy Bed and Breakfast," 23 Dec. 2018 The streets of this quaint little town look as if they were pulled directly from the pages of a storybook with every charming restaurant, bar, and hotel serving as its characters. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018 In places such as Shaxi, a lush valley high in the mountains of Yunnan Province, visitors hungry to see the storybook version of ancient China are helping to spur a flurry of private and public preservation initiatives. Georgia Freedman, WSJ, "Time Travel in China," 27 Mar. 2019 Though often presented as a storybook romance, Rebecca and Jack's relationship was not perfect. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Reveals Zoe’s Heartbreaking Trauma," 14 Nov. 2018 The colorful storybook set featured performers dressed as Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Toto; and a yellow brick road led to a backdrop of Emerald City and a new Subaru Forester. Candace Jordan,, "Chicago Flower & Garden Show's Evening in Bloom blends florals and fashion for a cause," 22 Mar. 2018 Puppet Show Plantation Puppeteers will perform a puppet show based on a storybook, followed by a craft session, 10:30 a.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 That meant adding a voice-over, which added to the overall storybook vibe Luna already communicates visually and with its narrative. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 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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