Definition of CliffsNotes in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklifsnōts/


US trademark A brand name for a series of prepared notes used as study guides for literary works and other school and college subject matter.
Example sentences
  • In assembling a CliffsNotes to his or her own emotional history, a teen begins compiling ‘self-defining memories’ such as Baumbach's treasured museum expeditions.
  • Hankins raced through a CliffsNotes summary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
  • As we learned from the CliffsNotes site, the booklets were named after their founder, Cliff Hillegass.


For Cliff Hillegass (1918–2001), US developer of the series.

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