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[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.
Origin of yearbook
1580-90; year + book Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Working on the yearbook or school newspaper or literary magazine might give a student a taste of publishing.
  • Of course, you can use any of their themes for your yearbook, though.
  • We cross out the ex-girlfriends' pictures in the yearbook with a blue ballpoint pen.
British Dictionary definitions for yearbook


an almanac or reference book published annually and containing details of events of the previous year
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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