hand·​book ˈhan(d)-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio)
: a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference : manual
: a concise reference book covering a particular subject
: a bookmaker's book of bets
: a place where bookmaking is carried on

Examples of handbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a report published Thursday, The Daily Beast examined the South Carolina representative’s staff handbook and interviewed several of her former staffers. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Employment contracts and policies Company handbooks often explicitly state that employees should not expect privacy when utilizing company resources. Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 28 Oct. 2023 The majority of the handbook pertains to space configuration. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Oct. 2023 What a ground war in Gaza could look like Militants used paragliders, motorbikes and trucks to cross the border fence from Gaza into Israel, and small specialized units attacked Israeli communities, in line with the instructions in the handbook. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2023 In 201, there’s a corridor shot where O.B. (Ke Huy Quan) tosses the TVA handbook over his shoulder and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) catches it. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Oct. 2023 Available in three sizes (small, medium, and large) and two different colors, the Dr. Arthritis Posture Corrector comes with a handbook written by doctors that provides tips and exercises to prevent back injury and increase back strength and function. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2023 Read on for specific changes to the film awards rules: Campaigning Detailed guidance and regulations on campaigning, hosting screenings and communicating with voters is now set out in a dedicated handbook for entrants and BAFTA members. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 12 July 2023 What employers should do: California employers should remove noncompete clauses from employee handbooks and contracts. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of handbook was before the 12th century

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“Handbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbook. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


hand·​book -ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio)
: a small book of facts or useful information usually about a particular subject : manual

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