[sawng-boo k, song-]


a book of songs with words and music.

Origin of songbook

before 1000; Old English sang-bōc service book (not recorded in ME); see song, book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for songbook

songbook, score, tablature

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Contemporary Examples of songbook

Historical Examples of songbook

  • So saying, he gave her a songbook which he had picked up at the Bell.

  • In the evenings "Singsongs" are arranged, and hundreds of thousands of a popular Christian songbook have been sold.

    With our Fighting Men

    William E. Sellers

  • Perhaps some of Luther's Songs might as well have been omitted, but they are all translated that the Songbook might be a whole.


    George MacDonald

  • And let macLonan's Songbook be given to me, that I may understand the sense of the poems that are in it.

Word Origin and History for songbook

Old English sangboc "church service book;" see song (n.) + book (n.). Meaning "collection of songs bound in a book" is from late 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper