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

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 The Hurts era at Alabama seemed to end and the storybook Tua era began. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Unlikely Hero Who Saved Alabama’s Season," 1 Dec. 2018 These homes come in all sizes, and while smaller versions might have a quaint storybook appearance to them, larger Tudors more often embody the romantic ideal of an English country manor. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason You Don't See Many Tudor-Style Homes These Days," 1 Nov. 2018 With a population just under 4,000, the town's architecture literally looks like something out of a storybook, and the community is exceptionally welcoming (to people and pets). Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Weekend Travel Guide: Things to Do In California's Charming Carmel-by-the-Sea," 10 Aug. 2018 Porquerolles greets us with a storybook magic that needs no glitz. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This French Island Is the Nantucket of the Mediterranean," 16 Aug. 2018 Storm Reid headed to Beautycon Los Angeles this past weekend looking like an actual storybook heroine. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Wears Giorgio Armani and Long Braid at Beautycon Los Angeles," 16 July 2018 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

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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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