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 Post-handover textbooks expanded sections about Japanese militarism and added more photographs of notorious events, such as Japan’s massacre of civilians in Nanjing in 1937. The Economist, "Chaguan Educational freedom is under assault in Hong Kong," 23 May 2020 The 2019 rosé is delightful, with textbook flavors of strawberries and wild herbs. Washington Post, "Make this easy-to-find, $9 rosé your summer sipper," 22 May 2020 But the turnaround couldn’t have happened without an almost textbook propaganda operation, involving coercion, misinformation, and manipulation. Barbara Demick, The New Yorker, "China Declares Victory Over Both the Coronavirus and Critics of the Communist Party at the Biggest Political Event of the Year," 22 May 2020 Tajima-Peña recognizes that many people have a wrong idea about history docs and see them as dull textbooks come to life. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "PBS' Asian Americans will show how Anna May Wong, Bruce Lee, and others impacted our country," 11 May 2020 Many have had similar questions about the state’s educational system, especially its teaching of Texas and U.S. history and its influence on national textbooks. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: The Alamo will be remade into a 21st-century monument to the Confederacy," 7 May 2020 The book is incredibly long, nearly 700 pages with more than 100 graphs, and it's written as an economic textbook for students. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century director on what pop culture can teach us about inequality," 2 May 2020 McIntosh has also heard of textbook companies that plan to offer free access online, which could save students hundreds of dollars. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Coronavirus shutdown: What can I do about student loans? College tuition?," 28 Apr. 2020 While Chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticized for not taking a forceful enough leadership role in Europe, Germany is being praised for a near-textbook response to the pandemic, at least by Western standards. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "As crisis rages, Europeans react to US role with sadness, disbelief," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of textbook was in 1779

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