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[best-sel-er] /ˈbɛstˈsɛl ər/
a book that is among those having the largest sales during a given period.
any product that among those of its kind is selling particularly well at a given time:
This car was a bestseller last year.
Origin of bestseller
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; best + seller
Related forms
bestsellerdom, noun
best-selling, adjective Unabridged
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  • Books are as permanent as their survival on bestseller lists.

  • Titles make it onto the bestseller lists only because they are sold, not read.

  • Precaution had been a deliberate attempt to produce a bestseller, and it succeeded only moderately.

    Tales for Fifteen James Fenimore Cooper
  • It is, miraculous to relate, still the leader in its own special field—a "bestseller" for forty years!

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
British Dictionary definitions for bestseller


a book, record, CD, or other product that has sold in great numbers, esp over a short period
the author of one or more such books, etc
Derived Forms
bestselling, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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