[ tekst-book ]
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  1. a book used by students as a standard work for a particular branch of study.

  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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How to use textbook in a sentence

  • There is something on your mind beside your textbooks, that is very sure, Miss Morse.

  • There were a number of contracts with publishers covering the copyrights in Kelton's mathematical and astronomical textbooks.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • And there was no one, with the exception of George Ord, who had studied as many textbooks as he had.

    Space Prison | Tom Godwin
  • It had been one of the old textbooks, printed on real paper, and it was fragile with age.

    Space Prison | Tom Godwin
  • After putting aside his textbooks he entered the service of a railroad company and continued in that line of work for six years.

British Dictionary definitions for textbook


/ (ˈtɛkstˌbʊk) /

    • a book used as a standard source of information on a particular subject

    • (as modifier): a textbook example

Derived forms of textbook

  • textbookish, adjective

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