[ pley-book ]
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  1. (in Elizabethan drama) the script of a play, used by the actors as an acting text.

  2. a book containing the scripts of one or more plays.

  1. Football. a notebook containing descriptions of all the plays and strategies used by a team, often accompanied by diagrams, issued to players for them to study and memorize before the season begins.

  2. Informal. any plan or set of strategies, as for outlining a campaign in business or politics.

Origin of playbook

First recorded in 1525–35; play + book

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

How to use playbook in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for playbook


/ (ˈpleɪˌbʊk) /

  1. a book containing a range of possible set plays

  2. a notional range of possible tactics in any sphere of activity

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