[ yeer-boo k ]
/ ˈyɪərˌbʊk /


a book published annually, containing information, statistics, etc., about the past year: an encyclopedia yearbook.
a book published by the graduating class of a high school or college, containing photographs of class members and commemorating school activities.

Nearby words

  1. year-around,
  2. year-end,
  3. year-long,
  4. year-round,
  5. year-rounder,
  6. yeardley,
  7. yeardley, sir george,
  8. yearling,
  9. yearlong,
  10. yearly

Origin of yearbook

First recorded in 1580–90; year + book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for yearbook


/ (ˈjɪəˌbʊk) /


an almanac or reference book published annually and containing details of events of the previous year
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Word Origin and History for yearbook



1580s, "book of reports of cases in law-courts for that year," from year + book (n.). Meaning "book of events and statistics of the previous year" is recorded from 1710. Sense of "graduating class album" is attested from 1926, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper