[ kop-ee-boo k ]
/ ˈkɒp iˌbʊk /


a book containing models, usually of penmanship, for learners to imitate.
a book for or containing copies, as of documents.


commonplace; stereotyped: a copybook sort of phrase.

Origin of copybook

First recorded in 1550–60; copy + book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for copybook

/ (ˈkɒpɪˌbʊk) /


a book of specimens, esp of penmanship, for imitation
mainly US a book for or containing documents
blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
(modifier) trite or unoriginalcopybook sentiments
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