hardback

[hahrd-bak]

Origin of hardback

First recorded in 1740–50; hard + back1
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Examples from the Web for hardback

Contemporary Examples of hardback

  • I started writing it a few years ago and it came out in hardback in 2009.

  • The fact that no paperback followed the hardback was a testament to the bad blood between Jackson and the publisher.

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    When Jackie Met Jacko

    William Kuhn

    December 4, 2010

  • Oddly, the hardback edition of The Social Agent remains available now for immediate delivery via the Internet.

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    My Banned Book

    Charles Laurence

    February 16, 2010


British Dictionary definitions for hardback

hardback

noun
  1. a book or edition with covers of cloth, cardboard, or leatherCompare paperback
adjective
  1. Also: casebound (ˈkeɪsˌbaʊnd), hardbound (ˈhɑːdˌbaʊnd), hardcover (ˈhɑːdˌkʌvə) of or denoting a hardback or the publication of hardbacks
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Word Origin and History for hardback
n.

"type of book bound in stiff boards," 1954, from hard + back (n.).

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