or best sell·er



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 formsbest·sell·er·dom, nounbest-sell·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bestseller

Contemporary Examples of bestseller

Historical Examples of bestseller

  • 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 Formsbestselling, adjective
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