year·​book | \ˈyir-ˌbu̇k \

Definition of yearbook 

1 : a book published yearly as a report or summary of statistics or facts : annual

2 : a school publication that is compiled usually by a graduating class and that serves as a record of the year's activities

Examples of yearbook in a Sentence

They signed each other's yearbooks.

Recent Examples on the Web

Using a list of students who began the day in the art classes, student photo IDs and yearbook pictures, the forensics team meticulously pieced together the victims’ identities. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Smashed supplies, crumpled bodies: Medical examiner describes 'shocking' scene at Texas school shooting," 25 May 2018 Nearby, a picture of veterans, older men and women dressed in military uniforms and laden with medals, telescopes the student yearbook picture’s intimation of institutionalized power relations. Christopher Knight,, "The art of daily existence: Meleko Mokgosi's provocative show at the UCLA Fowler Museum," 7 May 2018 Want to read Brett Kavanaugh buddy Mark Judge’s old book, for instance (or their now infamous yearbook even)? Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”," 7 Oct. 2018 According to the Times, Kavanaugh's yearbook revealed his love of partying, sports and drinking. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Kavanaugh clashes with Democratic senator over yearbook entries," 27 Sep. 2018 For some years, the school still had towering stacks of unsold yearbooks. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 That's like something a high school junior would put in a yearbook to blow her grab -- his or her grab photo. Fox News, "Samantha Bee goes after Ivanka Trump with vulgar slur," 1 June 2018 Like most of these yearbooks, the magazine takes a crack at predicting all 39 bowl games, including the two College Football Playoff semifinals as well as the national championship game. Matt Murschel,, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 The arrangement offered the students the chance to maintain their place among the top students in the school while letting them take classes that would have lowered their grade-point averages, such as yearbook or band. Lois K. Solomon,, "Former Boca Raton High principal demoted for letting students audit classes," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of yearbook

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of yearbook

: a book about a particular topic (such as sports or news) that is published each year

: a book that is published by a school each year and that shows the activities at the school during that year


year·​book | \ˈyir-ˌbu̇k \

Kids Definition of yearbook

1 : a book published once a year especially as a report or summary of a certain topic (as new discoveries in science)

2 : a publication that shows a school's current students and staff and the activities that took place during the school year

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