Definition of chapbook in English:


Syllabification: chap·book
Pronunciation: /ˈCHapˌbo͝ok


  • 1A small pamphlet containing tales, ballads, or tracts, sold by peddlers.
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    • The print revolution undoubtedly had an important impact on folk culture, through, for example, the mass printing of chapbooks, ballads, almanacs, and cheap abbreviated novels, not to mention religious literature.
    • The wealth of John Winchcombe, ‘Jack of Newbury’, in the early Tudor period was legendary and his exploits were commemorated in ballads and chapbooks.
    • Moreover, the practice, in England at least, of the printing of chapbooks and ballads meant that reading for leisure was also a possibility.
  • 1.1North American A small paperback booklet, typically containing poems or fiction.
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    • That year she published the first of three chapbooks, Ten Poems.
    • She holds an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington, and is author of two chapbooks of poems, most recently What Stays.
    • A chapbook of his poems is forthcoming from Groundwater Press.


early 19th century: from chapman + book.

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