text·​book | \ ˈteks(t)-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce textbook (audio) \

Definition of textbook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book used in the study of a subject: such as
a : one containing a presentation of the principles of a subject
b : a literary work relevant to the study of a subject



Definition of textbook (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, suggesting, or suitable to a textbook especially : classic a textbook example of bureaucratic waste

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Examples of textbook in a Sentence

Noun one shelf in my bookcase is crammed full of my old college textbooks Adjective a textbook example of a film that captures the feel of the novel on which it is based
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That slight moment of textbook dramatic irony has haunted me for years. TheWeek, "Lessons in resilience, hope, and making the perfect cookie," 12 July 2020 As deadlines for new editions loom, every textbook writer lurches to a sudden stop. James West Davidson, The Atlantic, "A First Draft of a History-Textbook Entry for the Year 2020," 9 July 2020 Reading and somehow understanding the textbook of an ingredients list on every product? Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "SELF’s Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Skin Care," 8 July 2020 The textbook strategy is to keep a firm grip on supply, just like major oil producers regularly try to do. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Airlines Aren’t OPEC: Don’t Count on Supply Discipline," 7 July 2020 This is not the first time that Chegg, an online textbook website, has worried users: The University of Michigan last year released a notice about a 2018 Chegg data leak. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan: Leaked emails, passwords were from '3rd-party data breaches'," 4 July 2020 After more correspondence and source-sharing between the two, Spaulding appeared in a revised edition of the textbook two years later. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The history of Black management reveals an overlooked form of capitalism," 18 June 2020 These acts of vandalism have nothing to do with history in the textbook sense of the word. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Falling statues and the collapse of moral authority," 26 June 2020 And now there’s Djokovic, writing the textbook on reckless pandemic behavior. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Novak Djokovic’s stunt backfires, and tennis loses," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Having a bunch of Boomers in a closed environment for long periods of time isn’t exactly textbook social distancing. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "With prestige and contract bonuses on the line, why did the NCAA choose to not create March Madness brackets?," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of textbook


1779, in the meaning defined above


1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Textbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/textbook. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of textbook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book about a particular subject that is used in the study of that subject especially in a school



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

: very typical


text·​book | \ ˈtekst-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce textbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of textbook

: a book used in the study of a subject

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