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[haf-bound, hahf-]
  1. bound in half binding.
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Origin of half-bound

First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for half-bound

Historical Examples

  • She had a book in each hand; they were half-bound volumes with marble covers!

    The Ontario High School Reader

    A.E. Marty

  • That is, it gets worn at the hinges and on the back, whether full or half-bound.

    A Book for All Readers

    Ainsworth Rand Spofford

  • She had a book in each hand—they were half-bound volumes, with marble covers!

  • A small folio, half-bound in red morocco, stamped with King Louis Philippe's monogram.

  • Leather pieces pasted on the corners of a half-bound or three-quarter-bound book.

British Dictionary definitions for half-bound


  1. (of a book) having a half-binding
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