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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reference book mean? 

  The noun REFERENCE BOOK has 1 sense:

1. a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts

  Familiarity information: REFERENCE BOOK used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1reference book [BACK TO TOP]


A book to which you can refer for authoritative facts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


book of facts; reference book; reference work; reference

Context example:

he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic

Hypernyms ("reference book" is a kind of...):

book (a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reference book"):

cookbook; cookery book (a book of recipes and cooking directions)

instruction book (a book of directions for using or operating some piece of equipment)

source book (a collection of historically important documents published together as a book)

wordbook (a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings))

enchiridion; handbook; vade mecum (a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location)

directory (an alphabetical list of names and addresses)

annual; yearbook; yearly (a reference book that is published regularly once every year)

atlas; book of maps; map collection (a collection of maps in book form)

cyclopaedia; cyclopedia; encyclopaedia; encyclopedia (a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty)

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