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Sketch Book, The

a collection of essays and stories (1819–20) by Washington Irving.


or sketch book

[skech-boo k] /ˈskɛtʃˌbʊk/
Also, sketchpad. a book or pad of drawing paper for sketches.
a book of literary sketches.
Origin of sketchbook
First recorded in 1810-20; sketch + book Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The beggars of Cuba are equally worthy of places in our sketch-books.

  • And these sketch-books were intended for no eyes but his own.

    Delacroix Paul G. Konody
  • Always he wanted to look at any new drawings in my sketch-books.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
  • On the other hand these sketch-books bear witness to the extreme fertility of Beethoven's genius.

  • Also, Jane brought forth Mabel's sketch-books and then ostentatiously left them alone with each other.

  • Several alert ladies with sketch-books walked uneasily about in the aisles.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • He felt his way to a bookstand that supported a pile of sketch-books, and wrenched out one of the mahogany pillars.

  • Probably every artist coming from Venice brings with him some such outlines as these in his sketch-books.

    The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

    James McNeill Whistler
  • She put down the sketch-books and apparatus she had brought with her, pulled out her stool, and sat down.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Pianos, harpsichords, sketch-books,—these all bespeak the presence of lovely and accomplished woman.

British Dictionary definitions for sketch-books


a book of plain paper containing sketches or for making sketches in
a book of literary sketches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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