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[sawng-boo k, song-] /ˈsɔŋˌbʊk, ˈsɒŋ-/
a book of songs with words and music.
Origin of songbook
before 1000; Old English sang-bōc service book (not recorded in ME); see song, book Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the evenings "Singsongs" are arranged, and hundreds of thousands of a popular Christian songbook have been sold.

    With our Fighting Men William E. Sellers
  • So saying, he gave her a songbook which he had picked up at the Bell.

  • Perhaps some of Luther's Songs might as well have been omitted, but they are all translated that the songbook might be a whole.

    Rampolli George MacDonald
  • And let macLonan's songbook be given to me, that I may understand the sense of the poems that are in it.

Word Origin and History for songbook

Old English sangboc "church service book;" see song (n.) + book (n.). Meaning "collection of songs bound in a book" is from late 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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