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  1. the books that a publisher has kept in print over several years, as distinguished from newly issued titles.
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  1. Also back·list·ed. placed or maintained on a backlist.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place on a backlist.
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Origin of backlist

First recorded in 1945–50; back2 + list1
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  1. a publisher's previously published books that are still availableSee also front list, mid-list
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Word Origin and History for backlist


1946, in publishing, from back (adj.) + list (n.). As a verb, "to put on the back list," from 1983. Related: Backlisted.

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