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[hand-boo k] /ˈhændˌbʊk/
a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual:
a handbook of radio.
a guidebook for travelers:
a handbook of Italy.
a reference book in a particular field:
a medical handbook.
a scholarly book on a specific subject, often consisting of separate essays or articles:
a handbook of lectures on criticism.
Origin of handbook
translation of German Handbuch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for handbook
  • To provide a clearer idea of their expectations, they are publishing a new handbook for auditors.
  • Here was his company, violating every conceivable rule in the big-brand handbook of crisis management.
  • If you can, find out whether the faculty handbook has a max, so you know what to ask for.
  • Always read the faculty handbook, especially where they talk about tenure.
  • My handbook says that lesser colleagues should be riding your coattails, not backstabbing and scapegoating.
  • It made me wonder if perhaps there was room for a short handbook of cancer etiquette.
  • When the first student handbook was being drafted, the university had no mascot.
British Dictionary definitions for handbook


a reference book listing brief facts on a subject or place or directions for maintenance or repair, as of a car: a tourists' handbook
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for handbook

Old English handboc; see hand (n.) + book (N.). It translates Latin manualis, and was displaced in Middle English by manual (from French), and later in part by enchiridion (from Greek). Reintroduced 1814, but execrated through much of 19c. as "that very ugly and very unnecessary word" [Trench].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for handbook


  1. A place, other than a legal betting office, where bets are made away from the racetrack; Horse Room: I was in the handbook near Loomis and Madison
  2. bookie

[1894+ Horse racing & gambling; probably fr the fact that betting records were kept in small, concealable notebooks for secrecy and portability]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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