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dime novel

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noun
  1. a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.
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Origin of dime novel

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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  • "M'Gibbon's been reading some dime-novel, I suppose," said one club man.

    The Wrecker

    Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

  • "I never read a dime-novel in my life," she interrupted, indignantly.

    The Foolish Virgin

    Thomas Dixon

  • If you're trying to scare me by that dime-novel talk I guess you've hit the wrong man.

    Greenmantle

    John Buchan

  • Clinical psychiatry, however, has been content with the dime-novel type of character delineation.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • From the pocket of the last to respond protruded the unmistakable cover of a dime-novel.

    The Young Railroaders

    Francis Lovell Coombs


British Dictionary definitions for dime novel

dime novel

noun
  1. US (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperbackAlso called (esp Brit): penny-dreadful
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