phrase book

  1. a small book containing everyday phrases and sentences and their equivalents in a foreign language, written especially for travelers.

Origin of phrase book

First recorded in 1585–95

Words Nearby phrase book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use phrase book in a sentence

  • Her little phrase book seemed pitifully inadequate for the great things in her mind.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "My luggage," he said firmly, laying one hand upon the pile, and waving the phrase book.

    A Maker of History | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "Easiest thing in the world to get on in a foreign country with a phrase book and your wits," he remarked to himself.

    A Maker of History | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Presently Esau, getting impatient, suggested in a loud voice that we should ask him some questions out of Bennetts Phrase-book.

    Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees
  • Since we talk in phrases as well as in words every home needs a phrase book as well as a dictionary.

    Putnam's Phrase Book | Edwin Hamlin Carr

British Dictionary definitions for phrase book

phrase book

  1. a book containing frequently used expressions and their equivalents in a foreign language, esp for the use of tourists

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