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

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 Bruening was once the textbook example of an Instagram user. Clare Duffy And Jennifer Korn, CNN, 26 July 2022 In that context, a textbook romantic drama like The Last Letter From Your Lover would appear to be an outlier, a more conventional project. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 5 Aug. 2021 But critics, especially President Trump and his political allies, continue to excoriate him for supporting textbook public health measures like wearing face coverings and building immunity with vaccines. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2021 Highways are not public goods under the textbook economic definition. Dominic Pino, National Review, 13 June 2021 For any rock band that tries to change with the times, this is the textbook example of how not to do it. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 20 July 2022 The city offers a textbook example of the intensifying investment. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 Even the last two years will be a good textbook example. Jim Osman, Forbes, 10 June 2022 While Saban’s first season at Alabama was eventually marred by UA’s textbook scandal (and an official record of 2-6), Tide fans shouldn’t forget this one anytime soon. al, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Guyton, the second Black woman to host A Capitol Fourth after Vanessa Williams, recognizes that her own swift and dramatic rise to stardom after years of dues-paying and nearly quitting performing entirely is a textbook American success story. Scott Huver, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2022 At the same time, solutions borrowed from textbook European nation-states are unlikely to serve us well. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 22 Sep. 2021 The vegan ramen was originally developed for Afuri’s Portland, Ore., location with the goal of being a lighter, decidedly non-textbook option. Flora Tsapovsky, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 When she was discovered, her gender identity was conflated with her identity as a criminal, which is totally textbook. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021 Having a bunch of Boomers in a closed environment for long periods of time isn’t exactly textbook social distancing. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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