dime novel


noun

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

Origin of dime novel

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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dime novel


noun

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