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noun

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

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Origin of phrase book

First recorded in 1585–95
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phrase book

noun

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