Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A documentary, memorial, or historical book published every year, containing information about the previous year.
  • n. A usually bound publication compiled by the graduating class of a school or college, recording the year's events and typically containing photographs of students and faculty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a reference book, published annually
  • n. A publication compiled by the graduating class of a high school or college, recording the year's events and containing photographs of students and faculty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A book published yearly; any annual report or summary of the statistics or facts of a year, designed to be used as a reference book.
  • n. A book containing annual reports of cases adjudged in the courts of England.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book giving facts about the year, its chief seasons, festivals, dates, etc., or other kindred subjects: as, Hone's Year-Book.
  • n. A book published every year, every annual issue containing new or additional information; a work published annually and intended to supply fresh information on matters in regard to which changes are continually taking place: as, a parish yearbook.
  • n. One of a number of books containing chronological reports of early cases adjudged or argued in the courts of England.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reference book that is published regularly once every year
  • n. a book published annually by the graduating class of a high school or college usually containing photographs of faculty and graduating students

Etymologies

From year +‎ book. Compare West Frisian jierboek ("yearbook"), Dutch jaarboek ("yearbook"), German Jahrbuch ("yearbook"), Swedish årsbok ("yearbook"), Faroese árbók ("annal, record"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is the 1942 yearbook from the Temple University School of Medicine.

    Boing Boing

  • Each year, our yearbook is distributed free of charge to libraries across Canada and is an extremely valuable reference source.

    80th Anniversary Tea

  • His yearbook is torn and faded, and most of the 13 classmates who signed it have died.

    Remains Returned List WWII

  • He checked his high-school yearbooks for pictures that might show the car's license plate and called the yearbook photographer, with no luck.

    The Car That Got Away

  • What convinces you that the same person who wrote that inscription in the yearbook is the same person who wrote the ransom note?

    CNN Transcript Aug 22, 2006

  • The only students who received their full name in the yearbook were the seniors,

    Dr. Adriane Ivey

  • With these guidelines, I don't think there's anything terribly embarrassing, unless you count my high school yearbook, which is around here somewhere.

    Apartment Therapy Main

  • To stomp out any lingering doubt, I strolled over to the living room bookcase and pulled out my 1991 edition of the Montgomery Blair yearbook, which is now falling apart, and flipped back to the index.

    Big Tech

  • A yearbook is a community project! the school that hired a pole dancer. to induce the students to sign up for a pole dancing class for PE.

    Steve Spangler's Blog

  • Otzelberger, who attends Williamsport High School, will appear in the academy's yearbook, which is published nationally.

    The Herald-Mail Online

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