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[gahyd-boo k] /ˈgaɪdˌbʊk/
a book of directions, advice, and information, especially for travelers or tourists.
Origin of guidebook
First recorded in 1805-15; guide + book
Related forms
guidebookish, guidebooky, adjective Unabridged
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  • She had a way of reading the guidebook, too, that made Isobel see the things.


    Jane Abbott
  • Do they force their mixture of guidebook and water on each other?

  • His philosophy was not a guidebook or map, but a rough and often miry trail.

  • They were interested in seeing only such things as had been recommended by the guidebook.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • When a guidebook tries to be humorous it only succeeds in being foolish.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Following the guidebook's advice we had seen the Colosseum in Rome by moonlight.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for guidebook


a handbook with information for visitors to a place, as a historic building, museum, or foreign country Also called guide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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