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sto·​ry·​book ˈstȯr-ē-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce storybook (audio)
: a book of stories usually for children


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: fairy-tale
a storybook romance

Example Sentences

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Penn Yan Parked at the top of Keuka Lake's eastern arm, Penn Yan fully embraces the lake country life, anchored by a main street that looks straight out of a storybook (save for all the trucks tugging speedboats in the summer). Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2023 On top of everything else, the impulse to create two-dimensional characterizations about a person’s behavior, to reduce their action to moral terms, is widespread in the sports world, where fans and news media members often apply a storybook framework to the action, experts say. Andrew Keh, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 Six months later, Harry and Meghan wed in a storybook ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor in May 2018. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2023 Perhaps the greatest soccer player of his generation, the Argentina star capped his storybook career Sunday with an extra time goal to help his home country secure its first World Cup tournament win in 36 years as Argentina defeated France in a gripping, rollercoaster final match in Qatar. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 18 Dec. 2022 Anna’s historic season comes to an end after a storybook 13-0 start. Dallas News, 2 Dec. 2022 Florida Atlantic’s storybook run in the men’s N.C.A.A. tournament continues. Scott Miller, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023 In addition to the impromptu ice cream fund, Foreman has also hosted various other initiatives, including free movie nights and storybook readings for kids, as well as clothing drives. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2023 And Adams is still an absolute dynamo as Giselle, fluctuating between preternatural cheeriness and storybook meanness. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022
Its handsome white building, with storybook steeple, was part-funded by a pious niece of Walt. The Economist, 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, 15 May 2020 In terms of storybook endings, a gold medal might work as well as any. Mike Finger,, 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, 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, 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, 9 Mar. 2020 Although the pair were masterful writers, these storybook images also conveyed just how united the Bryants were. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 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, 18 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1711, in the meaning defined above


1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of storybook was in 1711

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“Storybook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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