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 The Effective Change Manager's Handbook: Essential Guidance to the Change Management Body of Knowledge This handbook, which is part of CMI's (Change Management Institute) Body of Knowledge, is an ultimate one-stop shop for understanding the fundamentals of change management. Rachel Wells, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The Lakers are dealing with a dilemma for which there is no handbook, a problem for which there is no precedent, all of it fueled by a 39-year-old who is not only the Lakers’ biggest attraction but also their biggest roadblock. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2024 Upon registering, an administrative kit is provided to each host including a handbook, strike zone banner, posters, awards and other materials needed to host the event. Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The captain takes the quick reference handbook, hands it over to the first officer. Sam Sweeney, ABC News, 8 Jan. 2024 That response, according to Foxx, included 24 documents, totaling just over 1,000 pages, that were already in the public domain such as copies of student handbooks. Matt Egan, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Officials’ biggest consideration should be the psychological impact on those affected, said Peck, who helped create a handbook for local officials on handling mass shootings. Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 Ann Skeet is the senior director of leadership ethics at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and co-author of the Center’s Institute for Technology, Ethics and Culture (ITEC) handbook, Ethics in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: An Operational Roadmap. Ann Skeet, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024 That might look like taking a look at your employee handbook rather than going straight to your manager or HR. Anisa Arsenault, Verywell Health, 18 Jan. 2024 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 23 Feb. 2024.

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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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