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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

Examples of storybook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With more than two dozen family members on hand in his home state but several of his top playmakers back in Florida, Trask’s storybook rise to the top of the sport would not have a happy ending. Edgar Thompson,, "Depleted Gators crumble against Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl," 31 Dec. 2020 Arguably, Deselle Reid never achieved a storybook career by Hollywood standards—no box office-shattering blockbuster or trove of Academy hardware—but Desselle is by and large an icon in the Black community for the staying power of her roles. Niki Mcgloster,, "Natalie Desselle Reid Was More Than A Sidekick — She Was A Masterful Black Hollywood Mainstay," 9 Dec. 2020 What was shaping up as a possible storybook Saturday for Chase Griffin came with a sad ending. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s bid for a storybook ending falls short in loss to No. 11 Oregon," 21 Nov. 2020 The Carmack family moved into an English cottage with a white picket fence in Portland Heights that seems straight out of a storybook. oregonlive, "Holiday House 2020: Tradition reigns at a Portland Heights cottage with timeless style," 27 Nov. 2020 Rejected by the other reindeer, Rudolph weeps, creating a growing puddle of tears; one of the pages of the storybook is stained with his teardrops. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, "The Christmas Special From Hell," 24 Nov. 2020 Everyone has an origin story, a meet-cute where their career, their love life, or maybe their fortune takes a turn out of a storybook. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "From Buicks to Beaujolais," 11 Nov. 2020 Kids will enjoy storybook readings and even get a special gift from St. Nick. Marlisse Cepeda, Country Living, "10 Best Christmas Train Rides That Make the Perfect Holiday Outing," 8 Dec. 2020 The storybook homes on the tour were built between 1927 and 1941, and have plenty of original features. oregonlive, "See stylish home improvements and decorating ideas online: Duniway Holiday Home Tour," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Its handsome white building, with storybook steeple, was part-funded by a pious niece of Walt. The Economist, "Sunday slump The virus is accelerating dechurching in America," 23 May 2020 Here's a look back at the series that could have finished off a dynasty without the storybook ending. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "How Pacers pushed Michael Jordan, Bulls to the brink in 1998: 'They saw the fear in Chicago's eyes.'," 15 May 2020 In terms of storybook endings, a gold medal might work as well as any. Mike Finger,, "Finger: On another timeline, Spurs reaching the end," 14 Apr. 2020 The rhythm of the dialogue—the rhythm of life in that storybook-like small town—was heightened beyond reality. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Season of Gilmore Girls, Ranked," 7 Apr. 2020 By placing the tiles on the control board in the correct order, kids can follow the steps listed in the storybook to help Cubetto get to its next destination. USA TODAY, "32 incredible coding toys that every kid will want," 27 Mar. 2020 Like a certain other seasonal plaything that sits on a shelf, Peep on a Perch comes with a storybook and a plush. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Peep on a Perch Is a Springtime Take on the Elf on the Shelf," 9 Mar. 2020 Although the pair were masterful writers, these storybook images also conveyed just how united the Bryants were. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Close-knit couple were the perfect pair to write ‘Nashville’s Songwriting Sweethearts’," 26 Mar. 2020 What makes the loss of the hoped for storybook ending all the more difficult for fans to take is that Brady and the Patriots still looked like each other's best option for winning another Super Bowl. TheWeek, "Tom Brady bet on himself. So did Bill Belichick.," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Storybook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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