[hand-boo k]


a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual: a handbook of radio.
a guidebook for travelers: a handbook of Italy.
a reference book in a particular field: a medical handbook.
a scholarly book on a specific subject, often consisting of separate essays or articles: a handbook of lectures on criticism.

Nearby words

  1. handbarrow,
  2. handbasket,
  3. handbell,
  4. handbill,
  5. handblown,
  6. handbound,
  7. handbrake,
  8. handbrake turn,
  9. handbreadth,
  10. handcar

Origin of handbook

translation of German Handbuch

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British Dictionary definitions for handbook



a reference book listing brief facts on a subject or place or directions for maintenance or repair, as of a cara tourists' handbook
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Word Origin and History for handbook



Old English handboc; see hand (n.) + book (N.). It translates Latin manualis, and was displaced in Middle English by manual (from French), and later in part by enchiridion (from Greek). Reintroduced 1814, but execrated through much of 19c. as "that very ugly and very unnecessary word" [Trench].

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