[tekst-boo k]
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  1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or seemingly suitable for inclusion in a textbook; typical; classic: a textbook case.

Origin of textbook

First recorded in 1720–30; text + book
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Related Words for textbook

workbook, primer, reader, schoolbook

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British Dictionary definitions for textbook


    1. a book used as a standard source of information on a particular subject
    2. (as modifier)a textbook example
Derived Formstextbookish, adjective
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Word Origin and History for textbook

also text-book, 1779, from text (n.) + book (n.).

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