noun Etymology: chapman + book Date: 1798 a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts

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  • Chapbook — Chap book , n. [See {Chap} to cheapen.] Any small book carried about for sale by chapmen or hawkers. Hence, any small book; a toy book. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chapbook — 1824, shortened from chap(man) book, so called because chapmen (see CHEAP (Cf. cheap)) sold such books on the street …   Etymology dictionary

  • chapbook — [chap′book΄] n. [ CHAP(MAN) + BOOK: chapmen sold such books in the streets] a small book or pamphlet of poems, ballads, religious tracts, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Chapbook — Chap Book redirects here. For the 19th century American magazine, see The Chap Book. Chapbook frontispiece of Voltaire s The Extraodinary Fate of Calas, showing a man being tortured, late 17th century. A chapbook is a pocket sized booklet. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Chapbook —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec The Chap Book. Frontispice d un chapbook : fin du XVIIIe siècle ou début du XIXe siècle …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Chapbook — Portada de un chapbook de finales del s. XVII o principios del s. XVIII. Chapbook es un término genérico para nombrar un tipo particular de folleto de tamaño de bolsillo muy popular desde el siglo XVI hasta finales del siglo XIX. No se le puede… …   Wikipedia Español

  • chapbook — /chap book /, n. 1. a small book or pamphlet of popular tales, ballads, etc., formerly hawked about by chapmen. 2. a small book or pamphlet, often of poetry. [1790 1800; chap (as in CHAPMAN) + BOOK] * * * ▪ literature       small, inexpensive… …   Universalium

  • chapbook — noun A small book, usually made from a single sheet, folded several times, containing poems, ballads or religious tracts This was, till within the last few years, a favourite chapbook in the north of England …   Wiktionary

  • chapbook — /ˈtʃæpbʊk/ (say chapbook) noun 1. one of a type of small books or pamphlets of popular tales, ballads, etc., such as were formerly hawked about by chapmen. 2. a small publication, usually about 40 pages, often of poetry …   Australian English dictionary

  • chapbook — ˈchapˌbu̇k noun Etymology: chapman + book 1. : a small book or pamphlet of a kind formerly sold by chapmen containing popular tales, treatises, ballads, or nursery rhymes 2. : a small book or pamphlet resembling a chapbook …   Useful english dictionary

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