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Sketch Book, The

  1. a collection of essays and stories (1819–20) by Washington Irving.
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or sketch book

[skech-boo k]
  1. Also sketchpad. a book or pad of drawing paper for sketches.
  2. a book of literary sketches.
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Origin of sketchbook

First recorded in 1810–20; sketch + book
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Examples from the Web for sketch-books

Historical Examples of sketch-books

  • The beggars of Cuba are equally worthy of places in our sketch-books.

    The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba

    Walter Goodman

  • And these sketch-books were intended for no eyes but his own.


    Paul G. Konody

  • Always he wanted to look at any new drawings in my sketch-books.

    At Suvla Bay

    John Hargrave

  • On the other hand these sketch-books bear witness to the extreme fertility of Beethoven's genius.

  • Also, Jane brought forth Mabel's sketch-books and then ostentatiously left them alone with each other.

British Dictionary definitions for sketch-books


  1. a book of plain paper containing sketches or for making sketches in
  2. a book of literary sketches
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