hornbook hornbook  /ˈhɔrn ˌbʊk/


  • (n) a primer that provides instruction in the rudiments or basic skills of a branch of knowledge


  1. He has produced a combined morality play and grimoire, or devil's hornbook, in which every creature is experienced with hilarious or dreadful concreteness.
  2. Burly Peter might have blundered, but Avis reads Midwinter like a hornbook, makes game of all his plotting work.
  3. Like it or not, the American high school cannot return to the hornbook and the birch rod.

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  • "This is such an overarching issue of our time," Kennedy said. "Voting is the lever by which we have made so much progress." "Isn't this kind of 'hornbook' law?"
    on Sep 14, 2005 By: Edward Kennedy Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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